Routledge Handbook of Internet Politics


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ISBN: 978-0-415-42914-6

Type of work: Book


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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: New directions in internet politics research
Andrew Chadwick and Philip N. Howard

Part I: Institutions

2. The internet in U.S. 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, Cynthia 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 U.S. 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
Yong-Chan Kim and Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach

21. One Europe, digitally divided
Jan A. G. M. 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. Deibert

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: multi-stakeholder policy-making
and the internet technocracy
William H. Dutton and Malcolm Peltu

29. Enabling effective multi-stakeholder participation in global internet
governance through accessible cyber-infrastructure
Derrick L. Cogburn

30. Internet diffusion and the digital divide: the role of policy-making and
political institutions
Kenneth S. Rogerson and Daniel Milton

31. Conclusion: political omnivores and wired states
Philip N. Howard and Andrew Chadwick