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Routledge Handbook of Internet Politics

ISBN 9780415780582
Published February 1, 2010 by Routledge
530 Pages

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Book Description

The politics of the internet has entered the social science mainstream. From debates about its impact on parties and election campaigns following momentous presidential contests in the United States, to concerns over international security, privacy and surveillance in the post-9/11, post-7/7 environment; from the rise of blogging as a threat to the traditional model of journalism, to controversies at the international level over how and if the internet should be governed by an entity such as the United Nations; from the new repertoires of collective action open to citizens, to the massive programs of public management reform taking place in the name of e-government, internet politics and policy are continually in the headlines.

The Routledge Handbook of Internet Politics is a collection of over thirty chapters dealing with the most significant scholarly debates in this rapidly growing field of study. Organized in four broad sections: Institutions, Behavior, Identities, and Law and Policy, the Handbook summarizes and criticizes contemporary debates while pointing out new departures. A comprehensive set of resources, it provides linkages to established theories of media and politics, political communication, governance, deliberative democracy and social movements, all within an interdisciplinary context. The contributors form a strong international cast of established and junior scholars.

This is the first publication of its kind in this field; a helpful companion to students and scholars of politics, international relations, communication studies and sociology.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Andrew Chadwick and Philip N. Howard  Part 1: Institutions  2. The Internet in US Election Campaigns Richard Davis, Jody C. Baumgartner, Peter L. Francia, and Jonathan S. Morris  3. European Political Organizations and the Internet: Mobilization, Participation and Change Stephen Ward and Rachel Gibson  4. Electoral Web Production Practices In Cross-National Perspective: The Relative Influence Of National Development, Political Culture, and Web Genre Kirsten A. Foot, Michael Xenos, Steven M. Schneider, Randolph Kluver, and Nicholas W. Jankowski  5. Parties, Election Campaigning and the Internet: Toward A Comparative Institutional Approach Nick Anstead and Andrew Chadwick  6. Technological Change and the Shifting Nature of Political Organization Bruce Bimber, Cythia Stohl, and Andrew J. Flanagin  7. Making Parliamentary Democracy Visible: Speaking to, With and For the Public in the Age of Interactive Technology Stephen Coleman  8. Bureaucratic Reform and E-Government in the United States: An Institutional Perspective Jane E. Fountain  9. Public Management Change and E-Government: The Emergence of Digital Era Governance Helen Margetts  Part 2: Behavior  10. Wired to Fact: The Role of the Internet in Identifying Deception During the 2004 US Presidential Campaign Bruce W. Hardy, Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Kenneth Winneg  11. Political Engagement Online: Do the Information Rich Get Richer and the Like-Minded More Similar? Jennifer Brundidge and Ronald E. Rice  12. Information, the Internet and Direct Democracy Justin Reedy and Chris Wells  13. Toward Digital Citizenship: Addressing Inequality in the Information Age Karen Mossberger  14. Online News Creation and Consumption: Implications for Modern Democracies David Tewksbury and Jason Rittenberg  15. Web 2.0 and the Transformation of News and Journalism James Stanyer  Part 3: Identities  16. The Internet and the Changing Global Media Environment Brian McNair  17. The Virtual Sphere 2.0: The Internet, the Public Sphere and Beyond Zizi Papacharissi  18. Identity, Technology and Narratives: Transnational Activism and Social Networks W. Lance Bennett and Amoshaun Toft  19. Theorizing Gender and the Internet: Past, Present, and Future Niels Van Doorn and Liesbet Van Zoonen  20. New Immigrants, the Internet, and Civic Society Young-Chen Kim and Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach  21. One Europe, Digitally Divided Jan Van Dijk  22. Working Around the State: Internet Use and Political Identity in the Arab World Deborah L. Wheeler  Part 4: Law and Policy  23. The Geopolitics of Internet Control: Censorship, Sovereignty and Cyberspace Ronald J. Diebert  24. Locational Surveillance: Embracing the Patterns of Our Lives David J. Phillips  25. Metaphoric Reinforcement of the Virtual Fence: Factors Shaping the Political Economy of Property in Cyberspace Oscar H. Gandy, Jr. and Kenneth Neil Farrall  26. Globalizing the Logic of Openness: Open Source Software and the Global Governance of Intellectual Property Christopher May  27. Exclusionary Rules? The Politics of Protocols Greg Elmer  28. The New Politics of the Internet: Multistakeholder Policy Making and the Internet Technocracy William H. Dutton and Malcolm Peltu  29. Enabling Effective Multistakeholder Participation in Global Internet Governance Through Accessible Cyberinfrastructure Derrick L. Cogburn  30. Internet Diffusion and the Digital Divide: The Role of Policymaking and Political Institutions Kenneth S. Rogerson and Daniel Milton  31. Conclusion Philip N. Howard and Andrew Chadwick  Bibliography

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Andrew Chadwick is Professor of Political Science and Founding Director of the New Political Communication Unit at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Internet Politics: States, Citizens, and New Communication Technologies (Oxford University Press), which won the American Sociological Association Communication and Information Technologies Section Outstanding Book Award.

Philip N. Howard is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, and directs the World Information Access Project ( He is the author of New Media Campaigns and the Managed Citizen (Cambridge University Press), which won book awards from the American Sociological Association and the International Communication Association.