The Brexit Debate through Social Media: deliberative discussion, or deliberate dysfunction?

Hosted by LSE Works: Department of Methodology 

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House,


Professor Kenneth Benoit

Professor Kenneth Benoit

Professor Sara Hobolt

Professor Sara Hobolt


Dr Jennifer Jackson Preece

Dr Jennifer Jackson Preece



Dr Jean-Christophe Plantin

Dr Jean-Christophe Plantin

Using over 35 million Tweets collected in the year before the Brexit referendum, we analyse the debate and campaign through social media to track the framing, the argumentation, and the patterns of communication about the issues and consequences of the vote.

Kenneth Benoit (@kenbenoit) is Professor of Quantitative Social Research Methods, and Head of the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Sara Hobolt (@sarahobolt) is the Sutherland Chair in European Institutions at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Jennifer Jackson Preece is Associate Professor in Nationalism in Europe at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Jean-Christophe Plantin (@JCPlantin) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Media & Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science.

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A copy of Professor Kenneth Benoit's powerpoint presentation can be found at 'The Brexit Debate through Social Media: deliberative discussion, or deliberate dysfunction?' (pdf).

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