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Gender, politics and the tweeted campaign: tweeting about issues during the UK’s 2017 General Election campaign

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Karen RossORCiD, Marloes Jansen



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Bristol University Press, 2019.

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We aimed to explore the extent to which women and men politicians tweet about different issues. We captured 82,890 tweets sent by Labour and Conservative politicians during the 2017 British General Election campaign, analysed 38,255 original tweets and identified 7,651 tweets which mentioned a political issue. We also qualitatively analysed 210 tweets to better understand content, tone and orientation of content. We suggest that gender and party, both together and separately, exert some influence on tweet topic. However, we also suggest that the particular interests of individual politicians play a role in determining the focus of their issue-based tweets.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ross K, Jansen M, van de Wijngaert L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Politics and Gender

Year: 2019

Volume: 2

Issue: 3

Pages: 323-344

Print publication date: 01/09/2019

Online publication date: 10/09/2019

Acceptance date: 25/04/2019

Date deposited: 03/10/2019

ISSN (print): 2515-1088

ISSN (electronic): 2515-1096

Publisher: Bristol University Press


DOI: 10.1332/251510819X15662922007747


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