Campaigning Online: The Internet in U. S. Elections

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After a self-assured John F. Kennedy bested a visibly shaky Richard Nixon in their famous 1960 debates, political television, it was said, would henceforth determine elections. Today, many claim the Internet will be the latest medium to revolutionize electoral politics. Candidates invest heavily in web and email campaigns to reach prospective voters, as well as to communicate with journalists, potential donors, and political activists. Do these efforts influence voters, expand democracy, increase the coverage of political issues, or mobilize a shrinking and apathetic electorate?
Campaigning Online answers these questions by looking at how candidates present themselves online and how voters respond to their efforts-including whether voters learn from candidates' websites and whether voters' views are affected by what they see. Although the Internet will not lead to a revolution in democracy, it will, Bimber and Davis argue, have consequences: reinforcing messages, mobilizing activists, and strengthening partisans' views. Reporting on a wealth of new data drawn from national and state-wide surveys, laboratory experiments, interviews with campaign staff, and analysis of web sites themselves, Campaigning Online draws the most complete picture of the role of campaign websites in American elections to date.

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Editorial Reviews

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" ... an excellent social science study of who went to campaign Web sites in 2000, and what effects the visits had on voter knowledge and behavior .... this book anchors our knowledge of the political utility of campaign Web sites."—Communication Booknotes Quarterly

"A fascinating book on the ever-increasing role of the online campaign. Bimber and Davis provide valuable insights for students of the 2000 election cycle." —Senator Harry Reid, Nevada

"This remarkable book resolves the debate about the nature of the Internet's role in election campaigns. Davis and Bimber's evidence is impeccable, and their analysis is faultless. Campaigning Online belongs on the bookshelves of election analysts and practitioners and on the required reading lists of courses on the media and campaigns." —Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government & the Press, Harvard University

"This empirically grounded and theoretically sophisticated analysis of the web-based American political campaign of 2000 avoids the anecdotal and typically breathless speculation about how the net will change human political behavior. Instead, this path breaking study documents how the web is becoming an integral part of the campaign process." —W. Russell Neuman, Evans Professor of Media Technology, University of Michigan

"A much-needed, richly-textured empirical investigation of a key feature of online campaigning - candidate Web sites. Bimber and Davis provide a host of insights into how candidates are incorporating the Internet into their campaigns and what impact this is having on voters." —Thomas E. Mann, W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195151565
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Bimber is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is also Director of the Center for Information Technology and Society Richard Davis is Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
1 The Question: Reinforcement or Renewal? 3
2 The Evolution of Candidate Communication 13
3 Candidate Approaches to Election Web Sites 43
4 The Audiences for Election Web Sites 101
5 Consequences of Election Web Sites 125
6 Reinforcement 143
Appendix 173
Notes 191
Acknowledgments 211
Index 213
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