CALL FOR PAPER FOR THE Section ON “Political Communication at Cross-Roads” – ECPR General Conference Université de Montréal 26 – 29 August 2015


Call for Papers Proposals for the Section

Political Communication at Cross-Roads

ECPR General Conference

Université de Montréal 26 – 29 August 2015

Supported by the Standing group on “Internet&Politics” 

Section Chairs:

Maarja Lühiste, University of Leicester

Maria Laura Sudulich, Université Libre de Bruxelles


The 21st century has marked an unprecedented change in political communication as the advent of the Internet has radically modified the way we produce, exchange and consume information. While social media and weblogs have generated novel avenues for political parties to campaign and elites to communicate with the public, political communication keeps happening – if in a somewhat novel form – over the traditional media. These developments, and the intersection between old and new communication environments, raise some very important questions about the interplay between multiple media. Citizens are exposed to multiple channels where to gather information from and political actors and elites can choose among an array of new options how to spread their messages. Yet, are the abundance of channels and the multiplication of information opportunities leading to more transparent, inclusive and effective communication between citizens and institutions?

This section invites scholars from a range of fields to contribute to answering these questions by providing evidence from their recent empirical work. This section also welcomes methodological research investigating how to best study political communication in an era of multiple media channels. With regard to the electoral side of communication, panels will cover the 2014 European Parliamentary elections and the 2015 British elections, as well as local and other forms of second order elections. In relation to questions concerning public deliberation between elections, panels will look at the role of traditional and new media in facilitating political communication and governmental responsiveness in non-campaign context. Finally, the panels within the section will tackle the bigger questions of whether we are experiencing more inclusive communication between civil society (including societal sub-groups traditionally under-represented in political debates) and political elites.

Deadline 16th February

Please submit your abstract via the ECPR online platform available here