Platform Politics: Party Organization in the Digital Age

Alberto Lioy, Marc Esteve Del Valle, Julian Gottlieb

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    This article examines the interaction of organisational and technological changes adopted by parties to respond to members’ demands for more participation. We develop a term, platform politics, and create a framework for identifying how parties use platforms to open or close intra-party decision-making. The framework is then applied to two institutionalised parties (PSOE and PD) and to two movement-based parties (Podemos and M5S) of the changing party systems of Spain and Italy. We conclude that the tensions between existing organisational structures and the use of internet-based platforms create a series of unintended consequences for parties, which result in potentially disruptive outcomes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)41–58
    Number of pages18
    JournalInformation Polity
    Issue number1
    Early online date4-Jan-2019
    Publication statusPublished - 6-Mar-2019


    • Party organization
    • party politics
    • online platforms
    • representation
    • movement-based parties
    • ONLINE
    • MODELS

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