Internet Politics: States, Citizens, and New Communication Technologies

Paperback | February 21, 2006

byAndrew Chadwick

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In the developed world, there is no longer an issue of whether the Internet affects politics--but rather how, why, and with what consequences. With the Internet now spreading at a breathtaking rate in the developing world, the new medium is fraught with tensions, paradoxes, and contradictions.How do we make sense of these? In this major new work, Andrew Chadwick addresses such concerns, providing the first comprehensive overview of Internet politics. Internet Politics examines the impact of new communication technologies on political parties and elections, pressure groups, social movements, local democracy, public bureaucracies, and global governance. It also analyzes persistent and controversial policy problems, including the digital divide;the governance of the Internet itself; the tensions between surveillance, privacy, and security; and the political economy of the Internet media sector. The approach is explicitly comparative, providing numerous examples from the U.S., Britain, and many other countries. Written in a clear andaccessible style, this theoretically sophisticated and up-to-date text reveals the key difference the Internet makes in how we "do" politics and how we think about political life. A companion website, www.andrewchadwick.com, offers dynamic, regularly updated material to supplement the book, alongwith PowerPoint slides for students and instructors, data spreadsheets, and additional case studies. Featuring numerous figures, tables, and text boxes, Internet Politics is ideal for undergraduate and graduate courses in political science, international relations, and communication studies.

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In the developed world, there is no longer an issue of whether the Internet affects politics--but rather how, why, and with what consequences. With the Internet now spreading at a breathtaking rate in the developing world, the new medium is fraught with tensions, paradoxes, and contradictions.How do we make sense of these? In this majo...

Andrew Chadwick is at University of London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.42 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:February 21, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceList of Figures, Tables, and Panels1. IntroductionPart One: Contexts2. Internet Politics: Some Conceptual Tools3. Network Logic: A Political Pre-History of the Internet4. Access, Inclusion, and the Digital DividePart Two: Institutions5. Community, Deliberation and Participation: E-Democracy6. Interest Groups and Social Movements: E-Mobilization7. Parties, Candidates, and Elections: E-Campaigning8. Executives and Bureaucracies: E-GovernmentPart Three: Issues and Controversies9. Constructing the "Global Information Society"10. The Rise of Internet Governance11. Surveillance, Privacy, and Security12. The Political Economy of New Media13. Conclusion: The Future of Internet PoliticsGlossaryAbbreviations and AcronymsBibliographyIndex

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"The most thorough and comprehensive textbook available about the Internet and politics--Chadwick is able to combine well-crafted introductory material aimed at students first approaching the subject with an erudite overview of the leading research literature."--Bruce Bimber, University ofCalifornia at Santa Barbara