Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Evolution of Democratic Digital Innovations in Podemos



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Meloni, Marco and García Lupato, Fabio (2023) Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Evolution of Democratic Digital Innovations in Podemos. South European Society and Politics . pp. 1-26. ISSN 1360-8746

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While the digitalisation of political parties is increasingly analysed, less attention has been paid to the evolution of digital procedures and their consequences on intra-party democracy and party change. We propose a typology for identifying different types of evolution processes (consolidation, reconfiguration, mutation, and elimination) using the Spanish party Podemos paradigmatic case. Our analysis points out the centrality of hard and soft setbacks in the evolution of the digital procedures of the party. Findings indicate the relevance of different dynamics, such as institutionalisation, personalisation, and factionalism, jointly with other internal and external factors. Studying the evolution of digital party procedures is relevant for tracing party change in digital parties and other parties that are experiencing digitalisation processes.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Digital party; Movement party; Party innovation; Internal party democracy; Party institutionalisation; Podemos; Party organisation
Subjects:Social sciences > Political science
Social sciences > Political science > Political parties
ID Code:76419
Deposited On:30 Jan 2023 09:15
Last Modified:30 Jan 2023 10:25

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