Handbook of Digital Politics
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Handbook of Digital Politics

Edited by Stephen Coleman and Deen Freelon

It would be difficult to imagine how a development as world-changing as the emergence of the Internet could have taken place without having some impact upon the ways in which politics is expressed, conducted, depicted and reflected upon. The Handbook of Digital Politics explores this impact in a series of chapters written by some of the world's leading Internet researchers. This volume is a must-read for students, researchers and practitioners interested in the changing landscape of political communication.
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Chapter 6: Online voting advice applications: foci, findings and future of an emerging research field

Fadi Hirzalla and Liesbet van Zoonen


In 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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