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Politics of Disinformation: The Influence of Fake News on Public Sphere

05.03.2020 13:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Submission of expression of interest: March 30, 2020

We warmly invite you to submit your book chapter abstract for consideration for our book proposal.


The aim of this edited volume is to reflect on the concept of disinformation and its multiple dimensions, as well as the strategies and practices developed around them, particularly those linked to political contexts and electoral processes.

The Oxford Dictionary declared post-truth word of the year in 2016, highlighting a historical and political moment in which disinformation strategies, fake news and lies are exponentially spread through social networks: facilitating, among others, Trump’s rise to power and having an impact also in Brexit debates (Jankowski, 2018). Since then, the role of manipulative messages has increased (Baudrillard, 1981; Wardle, 2017) – rising concern about their effects in political decisions, particularly in times of crisis (Spence, Lachlan , Edwards, & Edwards, 2016).

The potential role of social networks in disseminating disinformation (Woolley & Howard, 2016) grows in importance if we take into account that they have become the main source of information (Shearer & Gottfried, 2017), especially during electoral processes (Allcott & Gentzkow, 2017). Considering that disinformation takes advantage of the increasing polarization of public opinion (Lewandowsky, Ecker & Cook, 2017; Horta et al,. 2017), its pernicious effects on decision-making and political debate demand a greater knowledge of the motivations behind the dissemination of disinformation (Flynn, Nyhan & Reifler, 2017).

Theoretical approaches as well as international and comparative research would be very welcome.

Topics of interest for the book may be related, but not limited, to the following:

  • Genealogy of post-truth and its different expressions: misinformation, disinformation, manipulation, fake-news, conspiracy theories, rumours, memes 
  • Origins and historical evolution of disinformation.
  • Fact-checking and digital platforms for verifying public discourse: Experiences and results.
  • Effects of disinformation on democratic stability.
  • Polarization and success of disinformation: perception and influence.
  • Reception studies of fake-news.
  • Disinformation in politics
  • Active audiences and the fight against the spread of false news: counter-narratives and different civic society initiatives.
  • Bots and dissemination of fake news: who is behind the massive dissemination of false or manipulative messages?
  • Algorithmic transparency: The role of platforms such as Google, Facebook and Twitter in the control of false news
  • Regulation and self-control: viability of regulation.
  • Actions on tacking disinformation around the world
  • News transparency and fact-checkers in the newsrooms.
  • Misinformation and human rights.
  • Media literacy and misinformation.
  • Trends, styles, and narratives of fake news.
  • Dynamics of dissemination.



Guillermo López-García (Associate Professor in Journalism Studies University of Valencia) Bio:

Bella Palomo (Full Professor in Journalism Studies. University of Malaga).

Dolors Palau-Sampío (Associate Professor in Journalism Studies. University of Valencia). Bio:

Eva Campos-Domínguez (Associate Professor in Journalism Studies. University of Valladolid). Bio:

Pere Masip Masip (Associate Professor in Journalism Studies, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona). Bio:


Submission procedure

Interested authors should email abstracts of 500-700 words in the form of a word-processed email to Guillermo Lopez ( or Bella Palomo ( no later than 30th of March. Please include the following details:.

  • Proposed chapter title
  • Author(s) and affiliation details
  • Type of contribution (e.g., theoretical, conceptual, methodological, case study)
  • Keywords (maximum of 5)

If accepted, full contributions are expected to be a maximum of 5000 words including references.

The fact that an abstract is accepted does not guarantee publication of the final manuscript, as all chapter still undergo a peer-review process.

Each contribution must be original and unpublished work, not submitted for publication elsewhere.

The approximate timeline is as follows:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 30 March 2020
  • Chapter acceptance notification: 2 April 2020
  • Full text submission deadline: 31 July 2020
  • Target publication date: May 2021



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