Óscar Barberà y Giulia Sandri parcipan en la mesa redonda sobre Digitalization of Political Parties: International Experiences

Los miembros de DIGiPART estuvieron presentes en la mesa redonda organizada por el Masaryk Democratic Academy and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s Regional Office en Praga, República Checa, el 14 de junio de 2021.

Encontrarás las ponencias y sus respectivos resumen a continuación.

Ponencia Óscar Barberà 

Some Spanish new political parties such as Podemos have been extensively analysed for their pioneer use of digital technologies in their internal communication or decision-making procedures. Leadership and candidate selection, policy development, etc. have been fully digitalized in Podemos. However, what seemed a new, more horizontal and engaging way of political participation has been largely criticised for their plebisticarian effects (e.g. Gerbaudo, 2018). That said, Podemos is not the only Spanish political party implementing a radical democratization agenda. The paper discussed first how some of the main left Spanish parties are coping with digitalization. Then, it qualitatively assessed what are the main consequences so far.

Ponencia Giulia Sandri

Through the study of a wide range of political parties from Europe and beyond, our upcoming book (“Digital Parties – The Challenges of Online Organisation and Participation”, New York, Springer, Forthcoming 2021, edited with Oscar Barbera, Patricia Correa and Juan Teruel) explores the different degrees of digitalisation of contemporary political parties. We also explore the main technological and democratic issues and trade-offs that political parties have faced in their digital transition. The most relevant finding is that all political parties operating in the democracies analysed have digitalised their organisations to some extent. Our empirical cross-country analyses shows that the digitalisation of parties does not entail a homogenous process of convergence towards a new mode of managing party organisations. Instead, the spread of digitalisation is producing substantial differences among forces in both the degree and the pattern of implementation of ICTs in intra-party functioning. Hence, it is particularly important now to further explore how the large, mainstream, traditional parties are dealing with ICTs and how they adapt to this digital transformation. Furthermore, our next steps in comparative digitisation research will focus on identifying general patterns of digitalisation, going beyond those parties more specifically committed to the new ICT tools.

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