Elections in the U.S. and Ibero-America: campaigns, electoral behavior, polarization and protests

Thematic Editors:
Berta García-Orosa.
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (España)
Carlos Muñiz Muriel. Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (México)
Claudio Elortegui Gomez.  Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile)

 Submission deadline: December 31st, 2021

Abstract: In 2020 and 2021, presidential (USA, Portugal, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua, Chile and Honduras), legislative (Peru, Venezuela, El Salvador, Mexico or Argentina), regional (Spain) or sub-state elections will be held in several Latin American countries.

There are several aspects that mark this new electoral cycle, such as polarization, protest or the crisis of legitimacy of political and institutional systems. To this must be added the management of the consequences of the COVID pandemic, both in economic, social, institutional and health aspects.

We are facing a new stage of politics in which citizen participation and communication between the different actors acquires greater importance in the construction of power relations. For this reason, it is considered relevant to propose a multidisciplinary reflection on the electoral campaigns that were or will be held recently in different countries and contexts.

This monograph addresses issues such as the political communication of electoral campaigns (political, media and public agenda), electoral participation, voting components and reasons for voting, the "affective or emotional turn", electoral preferences, leadership and other aspects such as political participation in social networks.

Among the topics covered in this monograph, the following stand out:
1. Electoral campaign
2. Polarization
3. Media, political and public agenda
4. Emotion in political communication
5. Social networks
6. Eco chambers
7. Bubble effect
8. Disinformation
9. Political bots
10. Parliamentary communication
11. COVID Pandemic
12. Electoral participation
13. Candidates' image
14. Citizen movements