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New Zealand politicians’ use of social media applications: A political social capital perspective

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dc.contributor.advisor Thompson, Peter
dc.contributor.advisor Mason, Edgar
dc.contributor.author O'Neill, Bonnie
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-04T23:04:29Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-04T23:04:29Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10652/1450
dc.description.abstract The aim of this thesis is to find out the extent to which New Zealand Members of Parliament use social media applications for the cultivation of political social capital (PSC). Developed by this researcher from some of the key authors in the field of social capital, PSC describes the social action activated through a network of relationships, using strong and weak ties and the actions of bridging and bonding, for the attainment of political gain. The following investigation therefore uses this theory to understand how and/or if New Zealand Members of Parliament see social media applications as platforms that enable them to leverage their strong and weak network ties for the purpose of advancing their political endeavours, and cultivating PSC for themselves and as a consequence, their affiliated parties. 28 MPs responded to the survey and four key communication personnel were interviewed. Analysis of the data found evidence that 78.68% of NZ MPs use at least one form of social media for their political communication purposes. Facebook and blogging have shown to be the most widely used new media platforms, with responses suggesting that PSC is intended to be cultivated in the forms of, for example further youth engagement and more voter support. The implications of the results of this analysis are discussed, along with limitations of the study and directions for future inquiry. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en en_NZ
dc.subject Social media en_NZ
dc.subject New Zealand politicians en_NZ
dc.subject Political social capital en_NZ
dc.title New Zealand politicians’ use of social media applications: A political social capital perspective en_NZ
dc.type Masters Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of International Communication en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Unitec Institute of Technology en_NZ
dc.subject.marsden 360101 New Zealand government and politics en_NZ
unitec.pages 124 en_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliation Unitec Institute of Technology en_NZ


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