A Political Science Perspective on Fake News

Muiris MacCarthaigh, Connel McKeown

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Abstract

Contemporary concerns about ‘fake news’ are typically framed around the need for factual accuracy, accountability and transparency in public life at both national and international levels. These are long-standing concerns within political science but the problem of ‘fake news’ and its associated impact on the fundamental political questions about who governs and how have taken on new potency in the digital age. In this chapter, we begin by considering what is meant by fake news before examining the issue in historical political context. The chapter then turns to more recent manifestations of fake news and the real-world challenges it presents. A final section considers how fake news has attracted interest in the study of elections and voting behaviour, international relations and strategic narratives, and transparency and trust in government.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationData Science for Fake News
Subtitle of host publicationSurveys and Perspectives
EditorsTanmoy Chakraborty, Santhosh Kumar, Cheng Long, Deepak Padmanabhan
PublisherSpringer
Publication statusAccepted - 14 May 2020

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  • Student Theses

    Does Open Data Increase Government Accountability?

    Author: McKeown, C., Dec 2020

    Supervisor: MacCarthaigh, M. (Supervisor) & Padmanabhan, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    Cite this

    MacCarthaigh, M., & McKeown, C. (Accepted/In press). A Political Science Perspective on Fake News. In T. Chakraborty, S. Kumar, C. Long, & D. Padmanabhan (Eds.), Data Science for Fake News: Surveys and Perspectives Springer.