ABSTRACT

The arrival of the participatory web 2.0 has been hailed by many as a media revolution, bringing with it new tools and possibilities for direct political action. Through specialised online platforms, mainstream social media or blogs, citizens in many countries are increasingly seeking to have their voices heard online, whether it is to lobby, to support or to complain about their elected representatives. Politicians, too, are adopting "new media" in specific ways, though they are often criticised for failing to seize the full potential of online tools to enter into dialogue with their electorates. Bringing together perspectives from around the world, this volume examines emerging forms of citizen participation in the face of the evolving logics of political communication, and provides a unique and original focus on the gap which exists between political uses of digital media by the politicians and by the people they represent.

chapter |10 pages

Introduction

ByALEX FRAME

part |2 pages

PART I: Participation and Political Communication: The Perspective of Politicians and Parties

chapter 5|14 pages

Candidate Orientation to ICTs in Canadian Municipal Elections

ByANGELIA WAGNER

chapter 6|12 pages

“I show off, therefore I am”: The Politics of the Selfie

ByCHRISTELLE SERÉE-CHAUSSINAND

part |2 pages

PART II: Emerging Forms of Digital Media-based Political Participation by Citizens and Civic Activists

chapter 7|16 pages

Re-Imagining the Meaning of Participation for a Digital Age

ByDARREN G. LILLEKER

chapter 10|14 pages

Cultural Creation and Political Activism in the Digital World

ByLLUÍS ANYÓ AND IASA MONIQUE RIBEIRO

chapter 13|15 pages

Online Lobbying of Political Candidates

ByPAULA KEAVENEY