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About Francesca Arcostanzo

Francesca Arcostanzo holds a Ph.D. from the faculty of Political Studies at the University of Milan. Her main research interests are in the fields of public opinion, internet-based data analysis, political communication and electoral behaviour. She holds a MA in Government and Public Communication from the LUISS Guido Carli University and has professional experience in the area of public communication, having interned at the Information office of the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Directorate-General for Communication of the European Parliament. She joined EuVisions as a full-time researcher in 2018.

Articles by Francesca Arcostanzo

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The 2018 Italian election campaign viewed from Twitter

We have followed 1,579 candidates and tracked their Twitter conversations for two weeks now. Also, we collected 400,000 citizens’ retweets and replies to candidates’ tweets.

The Italian electoral campaign and the issue of immigration: a Twitter analysis in the aftermath of the Macerata attack

Interestingly enough, the presence of hashtags such as #itaexit and #noEU suggests a clear link – in the ‘national closure’ discourse – between anti-immigration and anti-European sentiment. 

On the eve of the German elections, Alternative für Deutschland prevails on Twitter

Populist parties have a higher capacity to exploit digital arenas to boost and propagate their slogans and influence the political agenda. This should not be underestimated by mainstream political forces.

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