Click On Democracy: The Internet's Power To Change Political Apathy Into Civic Action

Click On Democracy: The Internet's Power To Change Political Apathy Into Civic Action

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Click On Democracy: The Internet's Power To Change Political Apathy Into Civic Action by Grant Reeher, Steve Davis, Larry Elin


Click on Democracy examines the first national election in which the Internet played a major role. The contributors argue that the Internet's most profound political impact on Election 2000 has largely been missed or underestimated. The reason: the difference it made was more social than electoral, more about building political communities than about generating votes and money.Voter turnout has dwindled over the past forty years, and fewer Americans are involved in civic activities. The real story of the Internet is its emergence as a community builder – under the radar of most political observers who focus on large institutions – in a society that has become politically disengaged and disenchanted. The contributors to Click on Democracy talk at length with the people who are using the Internet in new and effective ways, and who are capitalizing on the Internet's power as a networking tool for civic action. Viewed from this bottom-up perspective, the Internet emerges as an exciting and powerful source of renewal for civic engagement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813340050
Publisher: Avalon Publishing
Publication date: 10/09/2002
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.54(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.24(d)

About the Author


Grant Reeher has been teaching a local political internship course every semester for the past three years, and has supervised numerous students in Washington internships over the past ten years. He is also chair of the American Political Science Association's Organized Section on Undergraduate Education, and edits its newsletter, The Political Science Educator.Steve Davis is Associate Professor at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications.Larry Elin is Assistant Professor at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications, and co-chair of Newhouse's Media and American Democracy Institute.Grant Reeher is Associate Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and also a Senior Research Associate at Maxwell's Center for Policy Research. Steve Davis is Associate Professor at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications.Larry Elin is Assistant Professor at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications, and co-chair of Newhouse's Media and American Democracy Institute.Grant Reeher is Associate Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and also a Senior Research Associate at Maxwell's Center for Policy Research.

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