Arenas, Agents and Actions
Edited by Tom Baker and Christopher Walker
Chapter 2: Policy circulation through the Twitterverse: the case of Arctic development policy
Twitter is a social media tool that is used by a diverse array of actors for a boundless variety of purposes. In particular, Twitter has attracted attention as a fast and potentially powerful means for politicians, governments and other actors to communicate policy positions. But is Twitter just a mouthpiece to broadcast policy statements or does it offer a new arena for the circulation of policy ideas? This chapter examines the network of people using Twitter to exchange information and ideas about Arctic development over a one-year period (March 2016 to March 2017) to better understand Twitter as an arena for policy circulation. This chapter uses Social Network Analysis (SNA) to visualise the characteristics of this network and examine who is using Twitter to exchange ideas about Arctic development policy, what policy issues are being discussed and to what extent this network is structured to facilitate the flow of policy ideas.
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