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Issue Salience on Twitter During Swedish Party Leaders’ Debates

Journal article
Authors Linn Sandberg
Ulf Bjereld
Karina Bunyik
Markus Forsberg
Richard Johansson
Published in Nordicom Review
Volume 40
Issue 2
Pages 49-61
ISSN 2001-5119
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Swedish
Department of Computer Science and Engineering (GU)
Department of Political Science
Pages 49-61
Language en
Keywords issue salience; social media; Twitter; party leaders’ debates; policy dimensions
Subject categories Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies), Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)


The objective of this study is to contribute knowledge about formation of political agendas on Twitter during mediated political events, using the party leaders’ debates in Sweden before the general election of 2014 as a case study. Our findings show that issues brought up during the debates were largely mirrored on Twitter, with one striking discrepancy. Contrary to our expectations, issues on the left-right policy dimension were more salient on Twitter than in the debates, whereas issues such as the environment, immigration and refugees, all tied to a liberal-authoritarian value axis, were less salient on Twitter.

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