Social Media and Political Representation (SoMeRep)

This project investigates whether and how social media improves political representation, and the extent to which it lowers inequalities in representation, reproduces existing offline inequalities, or creates new ones. 

Photo by Adem AY on Unsplash
Photo by Adem AY on Unsplash

Does social media motivate civic participation from a more representative array of citizens than modes of participation offline, and if so, why? To what extent are politicians responsive to the concerns of different groups of constituents on social media?

And are underrepresented groups (e.g. women and ethnic minorities) disproportionately exposed to the negative repercussions of social media?

The project SoMeRep seeks to answer these questions. It seeks to fill prominent gaps in the literature and advance our knowledge of how social media transforms a central component of modern democracies: the day-to-day political interactions among and between citizens and their political representatives.




Andreu Casas, Assistant Professor in Department of Communication Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam



































Name Title Phone E-mail
Eady, Gregory Associate Professor   E-mail
Heide-Jørgensen, Tobias Postdoc +4535331645 E-mail
Rasmussen, Anne Professor +4535320503 E-mail

Funded by

Logo - Independent Research Fund Denmark

Social Media & Political Representation (SoMeRep) is funded by Danish Council for Independent Research

Project: Social Media & Political Representation (SoMeRep)
Project period: 2021-2025


Anne Rasmussen
Principal Investigator
Department of Political Science
Phone: +45 35 32 05 03