The Political Economy of Social Media

Filipe Campante
Ruben Durante
Andrea Tesei

The emergence of social media has reshaped the way humans communicate, interact and coordinate with each other. Assessing the impact of that transformation on politics has been one of the great social science questions of the last or decade or so, and will continue to occupy researchers for a long time to come. This book provides a snapshot of how economists in particular have been trying to answer this question. It contains 18 chapters, written by some of the leading scholars working on the topic, summarising empirical evidence on different dimensions of the political impact of social media.