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Michael Bossetta

Michael Bossetta

PhD fellow

Michael is a PhD fellow at the Centre for European Politics where he specializes in new forms of political participation through social media. His overarching research interest lies in how social networking sites affect the flow of political information and communication among citizens and what implications this has for 21st century democracy.

Michael hosts the Social Media and Politics Podcast, an interview-driven podcast that explores how various social and political actors are using social media to engage with politics in contemporary democracies. You can subscribe to the podcast directly via iTunes (iPhone) or Stitcher (Android), and keep up with all the latest information regarding the show on Facebook and Twitter

Michael’s PhD project focuses on citizens’ use of social media during elections and plebiscites. Furthering our knowledge of political participation in the digital age, his project investigates whether social media is a space for civic dialogue and deliberation or, alternatively, a vast conglomerate of echo chambers, personal attacks, and uncivil behavior. Michael is specifically interested in uncovering the role of “digital architectures” – the technical operations that facilitate and constrain user behavior on a social networking platform – in affecting online political engagement during electoral contests. Using a combination of big data and small-N datasets, his project employs methods such as computational text analysis, unsupervised and supervised machine learning, social network analysis, and statistical modelling in R.  

In his other research, Michael is interested in the role of media, both offline and online, in contributing to the rise of Euroscepticism. In a collaborative project with Anamaria Dutceac Segesten (Lund University) and funded by the Wahlgrenska Foundation, Michael comparatively explores how national media, through their coverage of Eurosceptic parties, contribute to the Europeanization of national public spheres.

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