Congress, Constituents, and Social Media: Understanding Member Communications in the Age of Instantaneous Communication
Project AdvisorKerr, Deborah
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Building the first database on Congressional use of traditional and social media, this project examined media use by Members in the 115th Congress. The team collected data on the use of both traditional media (franking disbursements, communication staff) and new media (social media, e-newsletters). Analysis indicates that (1) Member ideology has an effect on use of franking and on size of communication staff and (2) the more members spoke on the floor, the more Facebook posts they made.
ClientCongressional Research Service
DepartmentPublic Service and Administration
Barbish, Vincent; Vaughn, Kiersten; Chikhladze, Mariam; Nielsen, Morgan; Corley, Kayley; Palacios, James (2019). Congress, Constituents, and Social Media: Understanding Member Communications in the Age of Instantaneous Communication. Available electronically from
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