Messages and familiar faces: crowdfunding in the 2017 U.K. electoral campaign

Pompl, S. and Gherghina, S. (2019) Messages and familiar faces: crowdfunding in the 2017 U.K. electoral campaign. Politics and Policy, 47(3), pp. 436-463. (doi:10.1111/polp.12301)

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Abstract

Political crowdfunding is a relatively new process. Research has sought to unveil its functioning in particular case studies. However, crowdfunding in electoral campaigns remains largely unexplored and little is known about why some candidates are more likely to attain targeted donation levels than others. This article addresses this gap in the literature and analyzes the use of crowdfunding in the 2017 U.K. General Election campaign. It aims to explain the variation in candidates’ ability to reach the proposed targets. The analysis uses original data collected from 100 crowdfunding projects, campaign websites, and the social media pages of the candidates during the campaign. The findings indicate that candidates with an aggressive message, who are realistic about their proposed target and who are already in office, are more likely to gather donations closer to their targets.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Pompl, S., and Gherghina, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Politics and Policy
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1555-5623
ISSN (Online):1747-1346
Published Online:10 May 2019

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