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iPolitics
Citizens, Elections, and Governing in the New Media Era

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Richard L. Fox, Jennifer M. Ramos, Zoe Oxley, Jeffrey Jones, Richard Davis, Ann Crigler, Marion Just, Lauren Hume, Jesse Mills, Parker Hevron, Urs Gasser, Jan Gerlach, Tom Carlson, Kim Strandberg, Matthew Baum, Jennifer L. Lawless, Matthew R. Kerbel, Deborah Wheeler, Lauren Mintz
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  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107667655

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  • iPolitics provides a current analysis of new media's effect on politics. Politicians rely on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to exercise political power. Citizens around the world also use these tools to vent political frustrations, join political groups, and organize revolutions. Political activists blog to promote candidates, solicit and coordinate financial contributions, and provide opportunities for volunteers. iPolitics describes the ways in which new media innovations change how politicians and citizens engage the political arena. Most importantly, the volume emphasizes the implications of these changes for the promotion of democratic ideals. Among other things, contributors to this volume analyze whether the public's political knowledge has increased or decreased in the new media era, the role television still plays in the information universe, the effect bloggers have had on the debate and outcome of healthcare reform, and the manner in which political leaders should navigate the new media environment. While the majority of contributors examine new media and politics in the United States, the volume also provides a unique comparative perspective on this relationship using cases from abroad.

    • No other edited volume focuses on such a diverse set of new media topics, such as how YouTube, Twitter and Facebook affect politics
    • Though most chapters focus on the US, the volume includes chapters addressing new media's influence in Europe and the Middle East
    • Contributors provide fresh insight on whether new media actually improves governance and democratic processes
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    “A lively collection of essays exploring digital media and politics in the United States as well as comparatively. iPolitics covers a wide range of crucial topics, from political knowledge and participation to governance and campaigning. This book demonstrates persuasively that the implications of digital media are often complex, nuanced, and contingent.” – Bruce Bimber, University of California at Santa Barbara

    “For most anything worth knowing in today’s world, it seems like there’s an app for that. But, alas, there’s no simple download for the latest research on the political consequences of the twenty-first-century media environment. Fortunately, Richard L. Fox and Jennifer M. Ramos have put together a volume that sheds new light on how the rise of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and a dizzying array of Internet sites and cable outlets has influenced citizens’ access to political information, the way politicians communicate with their constituents, and the broader relationship between the government and the governed. This insightful collection of essays shows that in the United States and beyond, the rise of new media has had significant, profound effects on politics – but not always those that observers have anticipated.” – Danny Hayes, American University

    “iPolitics is an excellent compilation of the multiple ways new media and the Internet are changing journalism, campaigning, and democratic governance. The collection is a fantastic snapshot of the fast-evolving influence of new media on our political world.” – Rolfe Daus Peterson, Mercyhurst College

    "Fox and Ramos include ten new essays that explore how new media technologies (e.g., cable television, the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube) may be influencing political knowledge, campaigning, journalism, and governing...The essays demonstrate that the topic is significant and, as several contributors note, there is much research to be done. The book provides a fine resource for readers who want to learn how scholars are using different methods to explore the perplexing yet often significant realities of ipolitics. Summing Up: Recommended." -R.E. O'Connor, National Science Foundation, CHOICE Magazine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107667655
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus. 28 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Richard L. Fox and Jennifer M. Ramos
    Part I. The Shifting Media Universe and News Consumers:
    1. More sources, better informed public? New media and political knowledge Zoe Oxley
    2. Rethinking television's relationship to politics in the post-network era Jeffrey Jones
    3. Interplay: political blogging and journalism Richard Davis
    Part II. Campaigns and Elections in the New Media Environment:
    4. YouTube and TV advertising campaigns: Obama vs McCain in 2008 Anne Crigler, Marion Just, Lauren Hume, Jesse Mills and Parker Hevron
    5. E-campaigns in Old Europe: observations from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland Urs Gasser and Jan Gerlach
    6. The rise of web-campaigning in Finland Tom Carlson and Kim Strandberg
    Part III. Civic Mobilization and Governance in the New Information Age:
    7. Preaching to the choir or converting the flock: presidential communication strategies in the age of three medias Matthew Baum
    8. Twitter and Facebook: new ways for members of Congress to send the same old messages? Jennifer L. Lawless
    9. The dog that didn't bark: Obama, Netroots Progressives, and healthcare reform Matthew R. Kerbel
    10. New media and political change: lessons from internet users in Jordan, Egypt, and Kuwait Deborah Wheeler and Lauren Mintz.

  • Editors

    Richard L. Fox, Loyola Marymount University, California
    Richard L. Fox is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University. He is the co-author of It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office (Cambridge, 2010) and Tabloid Justice: The Criminal System in the Age of Media Frenzy, 2nd edition (2007), as well as co-editor of Gender and Election, 2nd edition (Cambridge, 2009).

    Jennifer M. Ramos, Loyola Marymount University, California
    Jennifer M. Ramos is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University. Her research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of political change, with an emphasis on the role of ideas, norms and identity. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, International Studies Perspectives, the Journal of Political Ideologies and Human Rights Review.

    Contributors

    Richard L. Fox, Jennifer M. Ramos, Zoe Oxley, Jeffrey Jones, Richard Davis, Ann Crigler, Marion Just, Lauren Hume, Jesse Mills, Parker Hevron, Urs Gasser, Jan Gerlach, Tom Carlson, Kim Strandberg, Matthew Baum, Jennifer L. Lawless, Matthew R. Kerbel, Deborah Wheeler, Lauren Mintz

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