Online seminar: Social Media Campaigns, Lobbying and Legislation
Byeong-Hak Choe from University of Wyoming will present his research on Social Media Campaigns, Lobbying and Legislation: Evidence from climatechange / globalwarming and Energy Lobbies
To what extent do social media campaigns compete with fossil fuel lobbying on climate change legislation?
In his article, Byeong-Hak Choe estimates the effect of social media campaigns on a congressperson's legislative activities against climate change actions during the U.S. Congresses (January 2013-January 2019).
He finds that
- a 1% increase in the per-capita level of activities of climate change campaigns using Twitter decreases Democrats' tendency to support climate-unfriendly legislation by 0.9%, while it increases Republicans' one by 0.2%;
- a 1% increase in the fossil fuel industry's lobbying expenditure relative to the rest of industries' lobbying expenditure increases Republicans' tendency to support climate-unfriendly legislation by 1.1%; and
- Republicans are 41.3% points more likely to support climate-unfriendly legislation than Democrats.
He also finds that negative sentiment in social media campaigns contributes to affecting congresspersons' support for climate-unfriendly legislation.
His work includes an empirical model (binary response model) with big data. There is a conceptual framework supporting the empirical model.
Join the seminar
The seminar will be held online on June 9, 2021 from 14.00-15.00 on Zoom: https://syddanskuni.zoom.us/j/61351339067
Participation is for free and without registration.