Making A Difference

Making A Difference

by Stephen Ward
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739121006

ISBN-13: 9780739121009

Pub. Date: 02/01/2008

Publisher: Lexington Books

This book is a cross-national analysis of the role of the internet in national electoral campaigns. It covers an array of electoral and party systems throughout the globe from parliamentary to presidential, party-based to candidate-oriented, multi-party to two-party, and stable party system to dynamic party system. It takes a look at three groups of nations with

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This book is a cross-national analysis of the role of the internet in national electoral campaigns. It covers an array of electoral and party systems throughout the globe from parliamentary to presidential, party-based to candidate-oriented, multi-party to two-party, and stable party system to dynamic party system. It takes a look at three groups of nations with varying levels of Internet access_those where internet usage is common across demographic groups, those where usage has reached significant levels but not widespread penetration, and those where internet access is still limited to a small elite. Each chapter is a study of a particular nation, focusing on its electoral and party systems, the accessibility of the Internet to the population, the nature of candidate/party usage, and the effects of the internet on the conduct of campaigns. By reviewing the findings from these studies, Making a Difference draws conclusions about exactly how the internet influences electoral politics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739121009
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Series:
Lexington Studies in Political Communication Series
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
0.75(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)

Table of Contents


Preface   David Taras     ix
Introduction   Stephen Ward     1
Chile: Promoting the Personal Connection-The Internet and Presidential Election Campaigns   Taylor C. Boas     15
Australia: Potential Unfulfilled? The 2004 Election Online   Rachel Gibson   Ian McAllister     35
Singapore: Elections and the Internet-Online Activism and Offline Quiescence   Randolph Kluver     57
Indonesia: Electoral Politics and the Internet   David T. Hill     75
United States: Internet and Elections   Diana Owen   Richard Davis     93
Canada: Party Websites and Online Campaigning During the 2004 and 2006 Federal Elections   Tamara A. Small   David Taras   David Danchuk     113
The United Kingdom: Parties and the 2005 Virtual Election Campaign-Not Quite Normal?   Stephen Ward   Rachel Gibson   Wainer Lusoli     133
Spain: Cyberquake in a Soft Democracy? The Role of the Internet in the 2004 General Elections   Jose-Luis Dader     161
Belgium: Websites as Party Campaign Tools-Comparing the 2000 and 2006 Local Election Campaigns   Marc Hooghe   Sara Vissers     171
Netherlands: Digital Campaigning in the 2002 and 2003 ParliamentaryElections   Gerrit Voerman   Marcel Boogers     197
Italy: The Evolution of E-campaigning 1996-2006   Sara Bentivegna     217
Germany: Online Campaign Professionalism in the 2002 and 2005 National Elections   Eva Johanna Schweitzer     235
Conclusion     257
Bibliography     271
Contributors     291

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