Old Wine in New Bottles? The 1999 Finnish Election Campaign on the Internet

Tom Carlson, Göran Djupsund

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    This article expands the research on the Internet as a tool in election campaigning beyond the U.S. context. With regard to Web campaigning, the Nordic countries, including Finland, stand out as being of special interest, since they have a world lead in Internet users per capita. Empirically, the candidates' Web sites in the 1999 Finnish parliamentary election campaign are analyzed. First, the characteristics of the Web candidates (n = 1,046) are scrutinized. More often than not, the Web candidates are incumbents, female, and rather young. Second, a random sample of sites is analyzed. The sites generally resemble traditional campaign material and rarely include real interactive features. Thus, as has also been observed in studies of U.S. Web campaigns, the candidates rely on the downward dissemination of conventional and positive campaign messages. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics is the property of Sage Publications Inc. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)68–87
    JournalInternational Journal of Press/Politics
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • POLITICAL campaigns
    • POLITICAL candidates
    • POLITICAL communication
    • FINLAND -- Politics & government -- 1981-
    • political websites

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