Theme 4: Shifting identities and representation

Theme 4: Shifting identities and representation


Demographic, social, and cultural changes have generated new political cleavages and struggles over representation. Ageing populations, declining blue-collar workforces, and rural-to-urban migration, for instance, reshape demands and identities. Along with changing identities and cleavages, there are significant shifts in the loci of democratic engagement. Political parties, labour unions and traditional media are losing their role as primary mediators and distributors of political interests and information. Social media and the internet have become increasingly influential, fostering an emergence of ‘virtual communities’ and new forms of social movements. Thus, there is reason to believe that we are witnessing not only shifts in the sites of representation but in the degree to which they are viewed as legitimate as well.

The following publications by the Governance consortia relate to the shifting identities and representation:


• Dziuban, A., Faust, F., Sekuler, T., Struzik, J., Bonde, L., & Nicholls, E. J. (2021). HIV/AIDS and its monsters. Negotiating criminalisation along the monster–human continuum. European Journal of Cultural Studies.


Bos, L., & Minihold, S. (2021). The Ideological Predictors of Moral Appeals by European Political Elites; An Exploration of the Use of Moral Rhetoric in Multiparty Systems. Political Psychology.

• Dommett, K. & Bakir, M. E. (2020). A Transparent Digital Election Campaign? The Insights and Significance of Political Advertising Archives for Debates on Electoral Regulation. Parliamentary Affairs, 73 (Supplement 1):208-224.

Dommett, K., Temple, L., & Seyd, P. (2020). Dynamics of Intra-Party Organisation in the Digital Age: A Grassroots Analysis of Digital Adoption. Parliamentary Affairs.

• Dommett, K., Fitzpatrick, J., Mosca, L., & Gerbaudo, P. (2020). Are digital parties the future of party organization? A symposium on The Digital Party: Political Organisation and Online Democracy by Paolo Gerbaudo, Italian Political Science Review/Rivista Italiana Di Scienza Politica, 1-14.

• Dommett, K., Kefford, G., & Power, S. (2020). The digital ecosystem: The new politics of party organization in parliamentary democracies. Party Politics, Online first.

• Dommett, K. (2020). Regulating Digital Campaigning: The Need for Precision in Calls for Transparency. Policy and Internet, Online first.

• Dommett, K. (2019). Data-driven political campaigns in practice: understanding and regulating diverse data-driven campaigns. Internet Policy Review, 8(4), 1-18.

• Dommett, K. (2019). The Rise of Online Political Advertising. Political Insight, 10(4).

Dommett, K. (2018). Roadblocks to Interactive Digital Adoption? Elite Perspectives of Party Practices in the UK. Party Politics, 26(2): 165-175.

• Dommett, K., & Temple, L. (2018). Digital Campaigning: The Rise of Facebook and Satellite Campaigns. Parliamentary Affairs, forthcoming.

Hameleers, M., & Minihold, S. (2020). Constructing Discourses on (Un) truthfulness: Attributions of Reality, Misinformation, and Disinformation by Politicians in a Comparative Social Media Setting. Communication Research.

Gibson, R. (2020). When the Nerds Go Marching In: How Digital Technology moved from the Margins to the Mainstream of Political Campaigning. Oxford University Press.

Koc-Michalska, K., Lilleker, D., Michalksi, T., Gibson R., & Jan Zając. (2020). Facebook affordances and citizen engagement during elections: European political parties and their benefit from online strategies?. Journal of Information Technology and Politics.


Van der Zwan, N., & Golka, P. (2022). Intern toezicht bij Nederlandse pensioenfondsen: Vertrouwen, diversiteit en de lerende Organisatie [Internal supervision in Dutch pension funds: Trust, diversity and the learning organization], research report for the Monitoringcommissie Code Pensioenfondsen.

Golka, P., & Van der Zwan, N. (2022). Experts versus representatives? Financialised valuation and institutional change in financial governance. New Political Economy.


Ershova A., Khokhlova A., Yordanova N., Schmidt F. D., & Glavaš G. (2021). Curb EU Enthusiasm: Categorising the Commission’s Responsiveness. Presented at European Political Science Association 2021 conference, University Association for Contemporary European Studies 2021 conference, and INDIVEU workshop 2021.

• Ershova A., Khokhlova A., & Yordanova N. (2021). Constraining the Agency to Please the Public: the New Mode of Responsiveness in the EU. Presented at the European Political Science Association 2021 conference, the American Political Science Association 2021.


Brace, L. & Baele, S. (2021). Coalfax. ExID Research Briefs.

• Lewys, B. (2022). Investigating the Far-Right Online: Using Text Data to Understand Online Subcultures. Other. National Centre for Research Methods.



Cea D’Ancona, M. Á., & Valles Martínez, M. S. (2021). Multiple Discrimination: From Perceptions and Experiences to Proposals for Anti-Discrimination Policies. Social & Legal Studies, 30(6), 937–958.

• Eseverri-Mayer, C. (2021). Self-Identification in a Spanish barrio and a French banlieue: The Case of North African Second Generations. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies, 8(2), 145–166.

Khir-Allah, G. (2021). Framing Hijab in the European Mind: Press Discourse, Social Categorization and Stereotypes. Springer Nature.

• Hussain, A. (2022). Street Salafism: Contingency and urbanity as religious creed. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

• Poli, A., & Fabbiano, G. (2020). Les femmes et l’islam dans la décennie 2000. L’espace de mobilisation des migrantes et descendantes d’immigrés. Hommes & Migrations, 1331 (4), p. 29-36.


Ackermann, K., & Stadelmann-Steffen, I. (2022). Voting in the Echo Chamber? Patterns of Political Online Activities and Voting Behavior in Switzerland. Swiss Political Science Review, 00, 1– 24.


• Kurer, T., & Häusermann, S. (2022). Automation Risk, Social Policy Preferences and Political Participation. In. Busemeyer, Marius, Achim Kemmerling, Kees van Kersbergen and Paul Marx (eds.), Digitalization and the Welfare State, Oxford University Press.


Caluwaerts, D., & Reuchamps, M. (2021, ed.). Belgian Exceptionalism: Belgian Politics between Realism and Surrealism. Abingdon: Routledge.