Issue salience on twitter during swedish party leaders' debates
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 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

party leaders' debates


issue salience

social media


Linn A.C. Sandberg

Universitetet i Oslo

Ulf Bjereld

Göteborgs universitet

Karina Bunyik

Data Analyst at Spotify

Markus Forsberg

Göteborgs universitet

Richard Johansson

Göteborgs universitet

Nordicom Review

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

Vol. 40 2 49-61


Idé- och lärdomshistoria


Statsvetenskap (exklusive studier av offentlig förvaltning och globaliseringsstudier)



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