The role of a political party website: Lessons learnt from the user perspective
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Original versionLecture Notes in Computer Science. 2014, 8654 52-63. 10.1007/978-3-662-44914-1_5
Though substantial research efforts have been spent on understanding the role of political party websites, there is a lack of in-depth knowledge con-cerning how such webpages are experienced by their users. In this paper, we present an interview study addressing users’ experiences of political party web-sites. Eleven users of a political party website were interviewed to explore their experiences with this website in terms of its features for information, engage-ment, mobilization, and interaction. The study contributes new understanding of how different features of political party websites affect users' experiences. In particular, our findings shed light on the importance of high-quality informa-tional content in political party websites for user engagement, and the role of features for interaction and dialogue relative to features for information. On the basis of our findings we offer lessons learnt relevant to the design and manage-ment of political party websites and suggest future research.