PUBLICATION - Designing and validating the Social Media Political Participation Scale: An instrument to measure political participation on social media

(20-01-2021)

Journal Article by Cato Waeterloos, Prof. Michel Walrave and Prof. Koen Ponnet


Social media have expanded the ways in which citizens can participate in politics, for example by using protest hashtags or joining online groups involved in political issues. While increasing research has pointed to the importance of recognizing and studying these online behaviors, no instrument existed to do so. Therefore, in this study, the authors developed and validated the ‘Social Media Political Participation Scale’, which can be used in questionnaires. The study found that the scale is a valid and reliable instrument that allows to capture how citizens employ social media in order to inform and express themselves on social and political issues. Hereby, they can possibly influence their peers and exert pressure on public actors.

Waeterloos, C., Walrave, M., & Ponnet, K. (2021). Designing and validating the Social Media Political Participation Scale: An instrument to measure political participation on social media. Technology in Society, 64, 101493. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techsoc.2020.101493

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