Political parties are experiencing several transformations in the last two decades, as result of the impact of the digital revolution on contemporary societies. After the irruption of the so-called digital parties (Barberà, Sandri, Correa & Rodríguez-Teruel, 2021) and the digitalization of the traditional ones, we will discuss the concept of open parties (Villaplana, Megías & Sandri, 2023) across Europe. Are parties more transparent, participatory and collaborative? Do they promote or obstruct open government initiatives? A second part of the presentation will focus on how political parties are using online and hybrid voting in party primaries (Villaplana, Megías & Barberà, 2023) and in intra-party referendums, identifying their effects on internal participation. Finally, F. Ramón Villaplana will introduce some of his ongoing research on digital leaders with Dr Jasmin Fitzpatrick and on intra-party electoral integrity, concerning both in person, digital and hybrid ballots.
Ramón Villaplana is postdoc research fellow at ESPOL with a Margarita Salas Grant, funded by the Ministry of Universities of Spain and the European Commission (NextGenerationUE). He is developing the project ‘The transformations of political parties during the digital age’.