Issue salience on twitter during swedish party leaders' debates
Journal article, 2019

The objective of this study is to contribute knowledge about formation of political agendas on Twitter during mediated political events, using the party leaders' debates in Sweden before the general election of 2014 as a case study. Our findings show that issues brought up during the debates were largely mirrored on Twitter, with one striking discrepancy. Contrary to our expectations, issues on the left-right policy dimension were more salient on Twitter than in the debates, whereas issues such as the environment, immigration and refugees, all tied to a liberal-authoritarian value axis, were less salient on Twitter. © 2019 Sandberg, L.A.C., Bjereld, U., Bunyik, K., Forsberg, M. & Johansson, R., published by Sciendo 2019.

policy dimensions

social media

party leaders' debates


issue salience


Linn A.C. Sandberg

University of Oslo

Ulf Bjereld

University of Gothenburg

Karina Bunyik

Data Analyst at Spotify

Markus Forsberg

University of Gothenburg

Richard Johansson

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Data Science

Nordicom Review

1403-1108 (ISSN) 2001-5119 (eISSN)

Vol. 40 2 49-61

Subject Categories

History of Ideas

Globalization Studies

Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)



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