Tag: Graeme Baxter

Just how much do voters trust Scottish parties’ social media posts?

Just how much do voters trust Scottish parties’ social media posts?

Do people believe the ‘facts’ circulated on social media by political parties? Graeme Baxter, Rita Marcella and Agnieszka Walicka showed Scottish voters five posts from different parties and asked them to rate their reliability. The Scottish Greens’ post was viewed as the most trustworthy, with participants identifying a wide gap between their experience of local politicians and the national debate. […]

Bland, predictable, and unrealistically positive: the Twitter use of candidates during the Scottish Parliament election

Bland, predictable, and unrealistically positive: the Twitter use of candidates during the Scottish Parliament election

Graeme Baxter, Flora Barton and Caroline Hood give their initial impressions of how the parties and candidates used social media during the 2016 Scottish Parliament election campaign. Similar PostsJust how much do voters trust Scottish parties’ social media posts?Brexit and election advertising: an asset for some, a liability for othersInformational privacy: a precondition for democratic […]

Scottish Parliament election preview: Continued SNP dominance in the North East, but who will pick up the scraps?

Scottish Parliament election preview: Continued SNP dominance in the North East, but who will pick up the scraps?

The North East of Scotland contains Scotland’s third and fourth largest cities in Aberdeen and Dundee, with these cities representing ‘No’ and ‘Yes’ strongholds during 2014’s independence referendum. In the 2011 election, the SNP swept the board in this region, even managing to win a list MSP – something which the voting system in use […]

The best of Democratic Audit’s 2015 Scotland coverage

The best of Democratic Audit’s 2015 Scotland coverage

This year, Democratic Audit launched their new Democratic Audit – Scotland blog, which aims to keep tabs on the health and strength of democracy north of the border in the wake of the 2014 referendum on independence. Here, Democratic Audit shares the best of both these posts, and early work by academics on Scotland’s democratic […]

The Scottish independence referendum shows that young people can be mobilized politically given the right circumstances

The Scottish independence referendum shows that young people can be mobilized politically given the right circumstances

16 and 17 year olds were entitled to vote for the first time in any election held in the UK in the Scottish independence referendum. Advocates of the reform argued that it would help to engage younger people in the political process, setting the stage for greater engagement in democracy over future election cycles, while […]

A below par performance? Donald Trump’s golf resort development and government openness and transparency in Scotland

A below par performance? Donald Trump’s golf resort development and government openness and transparency in Scotland

As Donald Trump’s US presidential candidacy campaign continues to cause controversy, Graeme Baxter reflects on the impact the building of ‘the greatest golf course anywhere in the world’ has had on the openness and transparency of Scottish public authorities. Similar PostsJust how much do voters trust Scottish parties’ social media posts?How democratic are the UK’s […]

Analysis of Twitter responses indicates a preference for diversity in televised political debates

Analysis of Twitter responses indicates a preference for diversity in televised political debates

In autumn 2014, during the last few weeks of the Scottish Independence Referendum campaign, researchers at Robert Gordon University explored the Twitter response to three live televised political debates, each of which involved high-profile participants. Graeme Baxter shares their findings.  Similar PostsThe Scottish independence referendum shows that young people can be mobilized politically given the […]