Edited by Stephen Coleman and Deen Freelon
Chapter 6: Online voting advice applications: foci, findings and future of an emerging research field
AbstractIn this chapter, we review the state-of-the-art literature about voting advice applications (VAAs). VAAs are interactive internet platforms that compare the policy preferences of users and political parties and subsequently advise users about the parties that come closest to their policy preferences. Research on these VAAs has focused on three major issues: the socio-demographic or political background of VAA users; the effects of VAA usage on the electoral process; and the methods that VAAs use. After reviewing the literature on these issues, we discuss a number of directions for further research.
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