Can the Internet help to re-engage the public in politics? How are political parties using the Internet as a communication tool? Has politics changed in the information age?
This book provides an assessment of how political parties are adapting to the rise of new information and communication technologies and what the consequences will be. It includes case studies of the US, the UK, Australia, Korea, Mexico, France, Romania and the Mediterranean region.
Table of Contents
1. Parties and the Internet: An overview 2. Political Parties and Democracy in the Information Age 3. Major Parties Dominate, Minor Parties Struggle: US elections and the Internet 4. South European Parties and Party Systems and the New ICTs 5. A Marriage Made in Cyberspace?: Political marketing and UK party websites 6. Moving Towards an Evolution in Political Mediation?: French political parties and the new ICTs 7. Letting the Daylight In?: Australian parties use of the WWW at the state and territory level 8. The Democratising Potential of Internet and Political Parties in Romania 9. Democratisation, parties and the Net: Mexico - model or aberration? 10. Online Groups and Offline Parties?: Korean politics and the Internet 11. Extremism on the Net: The extreme right and the value of the Internet conclusions: The net change
R. K. Gibson is Deputy Director of the centre for Social Science Research in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. Paul Nixon is Senior Lecturer in European Politics at the Haague Hogeschool Den Haag, the Netherlands. Stephen Ward is Senor Lectuerer in Politics at the European Studies research Institute, University of Salford.