1st Edition

The Internet and Politics Citizens, voters and activists

Edited By Sarah Oates, Diana Owen, Rachel K. Gibson Copyright 2006
    240 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume explores the nature of the Internet's impact on civil society, addressing the following central questions:

    • is the Internet qualitatively different from the more traditional forms of the media?
    • has the Internet demonstrated real potential to improve civil society through a wider provision of information, an enhancement of communication between government and citizen, or via better state transparency?
    • does the Internet pose a threat to the coherence of civil society as people are encouraged to abandon shared media experiences and pursue narrow interests?
    • in authoritarian states, does the Internet function as a beacon for free speech or as another tool for propaganda?

    1 The Internet, Civil Society and Democracy: A Comparative Perspective

    Sarah Oates and Rachel Gibson

    2 The Internet and Youth Civic Engagement in the United States

    Diana Owen

    3 The Minnesota E-Democracy Project: Mobilizing the Mobilised?

    Jakob Linaa Jensen

    4 Hunting Online Action: Mobilisation, Participation and Protest in the Countryside Alliance

    Wainer Lusoli and Stephen Ward

    5 Design Matters: The Politics Efficacy of Government-Run Discussion Boards

    Scott Wright

    6 Cybercortical Warfare: The Case of Hizbollah.org

    Maura Conway

    7 Civil Society, Terrorism and the Internet: Case Studies from Northern Ireland

    Paul Reilly

    8 Virtual Parties in a Virtual World: The Use of the Internet by Russian Political Parties

    Luke March

    9 Hard to Connect: Trans-national Networks, Non-Governmental Organisations and the Internet in Russia

    Diana Schmidt

    10 Murder, Journalism and the Web: How the Gongadze Case Launched the Internet News Era in Ukraine

    Natalya Krasnoboka and Holli A. Semetko

    11 Pathologies of the Virtual Public Sphere

    Heinz Brandenburg


    Sarah Oates, Diana Owen, Rachel K. Gibson