Citation: Bailo, F. (2018). Social capital, Internet capital and the recruitment networks of political movements: A theoretical and empirical approach. In preparation, 0(0), 0.
Keywords: Political behaviour; Political participation; Meetup.com; Social media politics; Five Star Movement; Italian politics; Social network analysis; Social Capital
This paper presents an analysis of the recruitment network of Italy’s Five Star Movement. A recruitment network with 8132 nodes is drawn among users comparing the date users joined Meetup.com and the date users established mutual Facebook friendships. This paper provides empirical evidence that social capital is significant in explaining the structural differences in the social networks of members but not the territorial success of the diffusion. The paper proposes a theoretical network model to explain the role played by social capital in the diffusion process and by the Internet in bridging possible deficiencies in the endowments of social capital.