Politics and the Internet

Edited by William H. Dutton

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It is commonplace to observe that the Internet—and the dizzying technologies and applications which it continues to spawn—has revolutionized human communications. But, while the medium’s impact has apparently been immense, the nature of its political implications remains highly contested. To give but a few examples, the impact of networked individuals and institutions has prompted serious scholarly debates in political science and related disciplines on: the evolution of ‘e-government’ and ‘e-politics’ (especially after recent US presidential campaigns); electronic voting and other citizen participation; activism; privacy and surveillance; and the regulation and governance of cyberspace.

As research in and around politics and the Internet flourishes as never before, this new four-volume collection from Routledge’s acclaimed Critical Concepts in Political Science series meets the need for an authoritative reference work to make sense of a rapidly growing—and ever more complex—corpus of literature. Edited by William H. Dutton, Director of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), the collection gathers foundational and canonical work, together with innovative and cutting-edge applications and interventions.

With a full index and comprehensive bibliographies, together with a new introduction by the editor, which places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context, Politics and the Internet is an essential work of reference. The collection will be particularly useful as a database allowing scattered and often fugitive material to be easily located. It will also be welcomed as a crucial tool permitting rapid access to less familiar—and sometimes overlooked—texts. For researchers, students, practitioners, and policy-makers, it is a vital one-stop research and pedagogic resource.

Table of Contents

William H. Dutton, ‘Politics and the Internet: An Introduction’.

Volume I: Foundations for Study of Politics and the Internet

William H. Dutton, Introduction to Volume I.

A. The Politics of Computers, Data, and Information Technology

1. A. Downs, ‘A Realistic Look at the Final Payoffs From Urban Data Systems’, Public Administration Review, 1967, 204–10.

2. T. Lowi, ‘The Political Impact of Information Technology’, IEEE Transactions on Communications, 1975, 23, 10.

3. K. L. Kraemer and W. H. Dutton, ‘The Interests Served by Technological Reform: The Case of Computing’, Administration and Society, 1979, 11, 1, 80–106.

4. H. Cleveland, ‘The Twilight of Hierarchy: Speculations on the Global Information Society’, Public Administration Review, 1985, 185–95.

B. Teledemocracy: Visions and Realities of New Media and Communication Technologies

5. N. Nei, ‘Future Developments in Mass Communications and Citizen Participation’, in H. Sackman and N. Nei, The Information Utility and Social Choice (AFIPS, 1970), pp. 217–48.

6. K. Laudon, ‘Information Technology and Political Democracy’, Communications Technology and Democratic Participation (Praeger Special Studies, 1974), pp. 1–26.

7. T. Becker, ‘Teledemocracy: Bringing Back Power to the People’, The Futurist, Dec. 1981, 6–9.

8. W. H. Dutton, ‘Political Science Research on Teledemocracy’, Social Science Computer Review, 1992, 10, 4, 505–22.

C. Perspectives on Politics, Democracy, and the Internet

9. P. N. Howard, ‘Can Technology Enhance Democracy? The Doubters Answer’, Journal of Politics, 2001, 63, 3, 949–55.

10. B. R. Barber, ‘The Uncertainty of Digital Politics: Democracy’s Uneasy Relationship with Information Technology’, Harvard International Review, 2001, 23, 42–8.

11. P. E. Agre, ‘Real-Time Politics’, Information Society, 2002, 18, 311–31.

12. E. Noam, ‘Why the Internet is Bad for Democracy’, Communications of the ACM, 2002, 48, 10, 57–8.

Volume II: Internet Campaigns and Elections

E. Dubois and W. H. Dutton, Introduction to Volume II.

A. General Perspectives on the Internet in Campaigns and Elections

13. J. Stromer-Galley, ‘Democratizing Democracy: Strong Democracy, U.S. Campaigns, and the Internet’, Democratization, 2000, 7, 1, 36–58.

14. R. Gibson, W. Lusoli, and S. J. Ward, ‘The Internet and Political Campaigning: The New Medium Comes of Age?’, Representation, 2003, 39, 3, 166–80.

15. P. N. Howard, ‘Deep Democracy, and Citizenship: The Impact of Digital Media in Political Campaign Strategy’, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2005, 597, 153–70.

16. D. V. Shah, J. Cho, S. Nah, and M. Gotlieb, ‘Campaign Ads, Online Messaging, and Participation: Extending the Communication Mediation Model’, Journal of Communication, 2007, 57, 676–703.

17. R. Gibson and I. McAllister, ‘Do Online Election Campaigns Win Votes? The 2007 Australian YouTube Election’, Political Communication, 2011, 28, 2, 227–44.

B. Electronic and Internet Voting and Polling

18. E. Parker, ‘On-Line Polling and Voting’, in H. Sackman and B. Boehm (eds.), Planning Community Information Utilities (AFIPS Press, 1972), pp. 93–109.

19. R. Gibson, ‘Elections Online: Assessing Internet Voting in Light of the Arizona Democratic Primary’, Political Science Quarterly, 2001–2, 116, 4, 561–83.

20. R. M. Alverez and J. Nagler, ‘The Likely Consequences of Internet Voting for Political Representation’, Loyola of Los Angeles Review, 2002, 34, 3, 1115–53.

21. S. Coleman, ‘Just How Risky is Online Voting?’, Information Polity, 2005, 10, 1–2, 95–104.

C. Political Parties and Politicians Online: Strategies and Impacts

22. J. Stromer-Galley, ‘Online Interaction and Why Candidates Avoid It’, Journal of Communication, 2000, 50, 4, 111–32.

23. R. K. Gibson and S. J. Ward, ‘Virtual Campaigning: Australian Parties and the Impact of the Internet’, Australian Journal of Political Science, 2002, 37, 1, 99–129.

24. P. Norris, ‘Preaching to the Converted? Pluralism, Participation and Party Websites’, Party Politics, 2003, 9, 1, 21–46.

25. L. M. Tkach-Kawasaki, ‘Politics Party Competition on the Internet in Japan’, Party Politics, 2006, 9, 1, 105–23.

26. R. K. Nielsen, ‘Mundane Internet Tools, Mobilizing Practices, and the Coproduction of Citizenship in Political Campaigns’, New Media & Society, 2010, 13, 755–71.

D. The Internet in the Fate of Campaigns: Case Studies

27. R. Klover, ‘Political Culture and Information Technology in the 2001 Singapore General Election’, Political Communication, 2004, 21, 4, 435–58.

28. K. Hopkins and D. M. Matheson, ‘Blogging the New Zealand Election: The Impact of New Media Practices on the Old Game’, Political Science, 2005, 57, 2, 93–105.

29. C. Vaccari, ‘From Air to Ground: The Internet in the 2004 US Presidential Campaign’, New Media & Society, 2008, 10, 4, 647–65.

30. L. Shifman, S. Coleman, and S. J. Ward, ‘Only Joking? Online Humour in the 2005 UK General Election’, Information Communication and Society, 2007, 10, 4, 464–86.

31. N. Anstead, ‘The Internet and Campaign Finance in the U.S. and the UK: An Institutional Comparison’, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 2008, 5, 3, 285–302.

Volume III: Empowering Individuals, Networks, and Political Movements

W. H. Dutton and E. Dubois, Introduction to Volume III.

A. The Internet as a Deliberative Space or Winner-Take-All Platform

32. K. Guthrie and W. H. Dutton, ‘The Politics of Citizen Access Technology: The Development of Public Information Utilities in Four Cities’, Policy Studies Journal, 1992, 20, 4, 574–97.

33. M. Poster, ‘Cyberdemocracy: The Internet and the Public Sphere’, 1995 (www.humanities.uci.edu).

34. M. Castells, ‘Grassrooting the Space of Flows’, Urban Geography, 1999, 20, 294–302.

35. J. G. Blumler and M. Gurevitch, ‘The New Media and our Political Communication Discontents: Democratizing Cyberspace’, Information, Communication & Society, 2001, 4, 1, 1–13.

36. R. K. Polat, ‘The Internet and Political Participation: Exploring the Explanatory Links’, European Journal of Communication, 2005, 20, 435–59.

37. P. Dahlgren, ‘The Internet, Public Spheres, and Political Communication: Disperson and Deliberation’, Political Communication, 2005, 22, 2, 147–62.

38. S. Wright and J. Street, ‘Democracy, Deliberation and Design: the Case of Online Discussion Forums’, New Media & Society, 2007, 9, 5, 849–69.

B. Netizens and Citizens Online: Informing or Managing Citizens

39. W. H. Dutton, A. Elberse, and M. Hale, ‘Information, Democracy and the Internet’, Communications of the ACM, 1999, 42, 12, 48–52.

40. B. Kaye and T. Johnson, ‘Online and in the Know: Uses and Gratifications of the Web for Political Information’, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 2002, 46, 1, 54–71.

41. M. Hindman, K. Tsioutsiouliklis, and J. A. Johnson, ‘Googlearchy: How a Few Heavily-Linked Sites Dominate Politics’ (paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, 31 March 2003).

42. S. Coleman, ‘The Lonely Citizen: Indirect Representation in an Age of Networks’, Political Communication, 2005, 22, 2, 197–214.

43. M. E. Wojcieszak and D. C. Mutz, ‘Online Groups and Political Discourse: Do Online Discussion Spaces Facilitate Exposure to Political Disagreement’, Journal of Communication, 2009, 59, 40–56.

44. K. L. Schlozman, S. Verba, and H. E. Brady, ‘Weapon of the Strong? Participatory Inequality and the Internet’, Perspectives on Politics, 2010, 8, 2, 487–509.

45. S.-J. Min, ‘From the Digital Divide to the Democratic Divide: Internet Skills, Political Interest, and the Second-level Digital Divide in Political Internet Use’, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 2010, 7, 1, 22–35.

46. N. Anstead and B. O’Loughlin, ‘The Emerging Viewertariat and BBC Question Time: Television Debate and Real-time Commenting Online’, International Journal of Press/Politics, 2011, 16, 4, 440–62.

C. Political Efficacy, Civic Engagement, and (Dis)Empowerment

47. D. M. X. Carpini, ‘Gen.com: Youth, Civic Engagement, and the New Information Environment’, Political Communication, 2000, 17, 341–9.

48. D. V. Shah, N. Kwak, and R. L. Holbert, ‘"Connecting" and "Disconnecting" with Civic Life: Patterns of Internet Use and the Production of Social Capital’, Political Communication, 2001, 18, 2, 141–62.

49. M. K. Jennings and V. Zeitner, ‘Internet Use and Civic Engagement’, Public Opinion Quarterly, 2003, 67, 3, 311–34.

50. K. Kenski and N. Stroud, ‘Connections Between Internet Use and Political Efficacy, Knowledge, and Participation’, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 2006, 50, 173–92.

51. S. W. Campbell and N. Kwak, ‘Mobile Communication and Civic Life: Linking Patterns of Use to Civic and Political Engagement’, Journal of Communication, 2009, 60, 536-55.

52. S. Boulianne, ‘Does Internet Use Affect Engagement? A Meta-Analysis of Research’, Political Communication, 2009, 26, 2, 193–211.

53. H. Margetts, P. John, T. Escher, and S. Reissfelder, ‘Social Information and Political Participation on the Internet: An Experiment’, European Political Science Review, 2011, 3, 321–44.

D. Political Movements, Collective Action, and the Internet

54. J. M. Ayers, ‘From the Streets to the Internet: The Cyber-Diffusion of Contention’, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 1999, 566, 132–43.

55. W. H. Dutton and W.-Y. Lin, ‘Using the Web in the Democratic Process: The Web-Orchestrated "Stop the Overlay" Cyber-Campaign’, European Review: Journal of the Academia Europaea, 2001, 9, 2, 185–99.

56. L. Bennett, ‘Communicating Global Activism: Strengths and Vulnerabilities of Networked Politics’, Information, Communication and Society, 2003, 6, 143–68.

57. B. Bimber and J. Flanagin, ‘Reconceptualizing Collective Action in the Contemporary Media Environment’, Communication Theory, 2005, 15, 4, 365–88.

58. A. Chadwick, ‘Digital Network Repertoires and Organizational Hybridity’, Political Communication, 2007, 24, 283–301.

59. J. L. Qiu, ‘Mobile Civil Society in Asia: A Comparative Study of People Power II and the Nosamo Movement’, Javnost: The Public, 2008, 15, 3, 39–58.

60. H. S. Christensen, ‘Political Activities on the Internet: Slacktivism or Political Participation by Other Means?’, First Monday, 2011, 16, 2.

Volume IV: Networked Individuals, Political Institutions and Governance

W. H. Dutton, Introduction to Volume IV.

A. Political Implications of the Internet as a Tool of Governance

61. J. Moon, ‘The Evolution of E-Government Among Municipalities: Rhetoric or Reality?’, Public Administration Review, 2002, 62, 4, 424–33.

62. D. West, ‘E-Government and the Transformation of Service Delivery and Citizen Attitudes’, Public Administration Review, 2004, 64, 1, 15–27.

63. T. Akkerman, M. Hajer, and J. Grin, ‘The Interactive State: Democratization from Above?’, Political Studies, 2005, 52, 1, 82–95.

64. G. Born, ‘Digitizing Democracy’, Political Quarterly, 2005, 76, 1, 102–23.

65. P. Dunleavy, H. Margetts, J. Tinkler, and S. Bastow, ‘New Public Management is Dead: Long Live Digital-Era Governance’, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 2005, 16, 3, 467–94.

66. D. Schlosberg, S. Zavestoski, and S. W. Shulman, ‘Democracy and e-Rulemaking: Web-Based Technologies, Participation, and the Potential for Deliberation’, Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 2007, 4, 1, 37–55.

B. Citizen Outreach: e-Government and e-Democracy

67. H. Eulau, ‘Some Potential Effects of the Information Utility on Political Decision-Makers and the Role of the Representative’, in H. Sackman and N. Nei, The Information Utility and Social Choice (AFIPS, 1970), pp. 187–200.

68. B. Bimber, ‘The Internet and Citizen Communication with Government: Does the Medium Matter?’, Political Communication, 1999, 16, 4, 409–28.

69. P. Frissen, ‘Representative Democracy and Information Society: A Postmodern Perspective’, Information Polity, 2002, 7, 4, 175–83.

70. A. Chadwick and M. Christopher, ‘Interaction Between States and Citizens in the Age of the Internet: "E-Government" in the United States, Britain, and the European Union’, Governance, 2003, 16, 2, 271–300.

71. J. L. Jensen, ‘Virtual Democratic Dialogue? Bringing Together Citizens and Politicians’, Information Polity, 2003, 8, 1–2, 29–47.

72. J. C. Thomas, ‘The New Face of Government: Citizen-Initiated Contacts in the Era of e-Government’, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 2003, 13, 1, 83–102.

73. S. Coleman, ‘Connecting Parliament to the Public via the Internet: Two Case Studies of Online Consultations’, Information, Communication & Society, 2004, 7, 1, 1–22.

74. M. Jensen and R. Garrett, ‘E-Democracy Writ Small’, Information Communication and Society, 2011, 177–97.

C. Interest Groups, Civic Associations, and the Fifth Estate

75. H. K. Klein, ‘Tocqueville in Cyberspace: Using the Internet for Citizen Associations’, The Information Society, 1999, 15, 213–20.

B. Bimber, ‘The Study of Information Technology and Civic Engagement’, Political Communication, 2000, 17, 4, 329–33.

76. A. Kavanaugh, ‘Participating in Civil Society: The Case of Networked Communities’, Interacting with Computers, 2005, 17, 9–33.

77. Yang Guobin, ‘How Do Chinese Civic Associations Respond to the Internet? Findings from a Survey’, China Quarterly, 2007, 189, 122–43.

78. W. H. Dutton, ‘The Fifth Estate Emerging through the Network of Networks’, Prometheus, 2009, 27, 1, 1–15.

79. A. Chadwick, ‘The Political Information Cycle in a Hybrid News System: The British Prime Minister and the "Bullygate" Affair’, International Journal of Press/Politics, 2011, 16, 1, 3–29.

D. The Politics of Internet Governance, Policy and Regulation

80. W. H. Dutton, ‘Network Rules of Order: Regulating Speech in Public Electronic Fora’, Media, Culture, and Society, 1996, 18, 2, 269–90.

81. H. Cleaver, ‘The Zapatista Effect: The Internet and the Rise of an Alternative Political Fabric’, Journal of International Affairs, 1998, 26, 2, 621–40.

82. S. Docter, W. H. Dutton, and A. Elberse, ‘An American Democracy Network: Factors Shaping the Future of On-line Political Campaigns’, Parliamentary Affairs, 1999, 52, 3, 535–52.

83. R. Deibert, ‘International Plug’n’Play? Citizen Activism, the Internet, and Global Public Policy’, International Studies Perspectives, 2000, 1, 255–72.

84. B. O’Loughlin, ‘The Political Implications of Digital Innovations: The Internet and Tradeoffs of Democracy and Liberty in the Developed World’, Information Communication and Society, 2001, 4, 4, 595–614.

85. Y. Akdeniz, ‘Anonymity, Democracy, and Cyberspace’, Social Research, 2002, 69, 1, 223–37.

86. A. F. Westin, Social and Political Dimensions of Privacy’, Journal of Social Issues, 2003, 59, 431–53.

87. D. Drezner, ‘The Global Governance of the Internet: Bringing the State Back In’, Political Science Quarterly, 2004, 119, 3, 477–98.

88. Z. Papacharissi, ‘Democracy On-line: Civility, Politeness, and the Democratic Potential of On-Line Political Discussion Groups’, New Media & Society, 2004, 6, 259–84.

89. L. DeNardis, ‘Hidden Levers of Internet Control’, Information, Communication & Society, 2012, 1–19.

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