Platform Politics: Party Organization in the Digital Age

Lioy, A., Esteve Del Valle, M. & Gottlieb, J., 2019, In : Information Polity. 24, 1, p. 41–58 18 p.

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This article examines the interaction of organisational and technological changes adopted by parties to respond to members’ demands for more participation. We develop a term, platform politics, and create a framework for identifying how parties use platforms to open or close intra-party decision-making. The framework is then applied to two institutionalised parties (PSOE and PD) and to two movement-based parties (Podemos and M5S) of the changing party systems of Spain and Italy. We conclude that the tensions between existing organisational structures and the use of internet-based platforms create a series of unintended consequences for parties, which result in potentially disruptive outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41–58
Number of pages18
JournalInformation Polity
Issue number1
Early online date4-Jan-2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Party organization, party politics, online platforms, representation, movement-based parties, CITIZENS, INTERNET, PARADOX, ONLINE, MODELS

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