Evaluating political party positioning over time: A proposed methodology
2015 (English)In: Journal of Public Affairs, ISSN 1472-3891, E-ISSN 1479-1854Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this article, we propose a methodology in order to measure political positioning and constituent perception. Political leaders should be able to effectively define the distinctive characteristics of their political brand and to subsequently utilize the most appropriate mechanisms of communication to promote an accurate perception of political image in the market. The specific aim of this research is to explore interrelations between a political party's positioning in two different periods in order to discover possible discrepancies and changes over time. The official blog of a political party, containing both official communication and the people's feedback, represents a perfect place in which to observe the concepts and the values on which both the political brand identity and image are founded. Leximancer, a content analysis tool, was utilized to analyze communications between a political party leader and his or her constituents. Illustrating the methodology, the blog of Beppe Grillo, founder of the Movimento 5 Stelle is analyzed.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-175648DOI: 10.1002/pa.1561ISI: 000375857900004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84929439340OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-175648DiVA: diva2:865048
QC 201510262015-10-262015-10-192016-06-09Bibliographically approved