Click On Democracy

The Internet's Power To Change Political Apathy Into Civic Action

Author: Grant Reeher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429981171

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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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.

E-Governance and Civic Engagement: Factors and Determinants of E-Democracy

Factors and Determinants of E-Democracy

Author: Manoharan, Aroon

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 161350084X

Category: Political Science

Page: 647

View: 8857

"Thia book examines how e-government facilitates online public reporting, two-way communication and debate, online citizen participation in decision-making, and citizen satisfaction with e-governance"--Provided by publisher.

Routledge Handbook of Internet Politics

Author: Philip N. Howard

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415780586

Category: Law

Page: 512

View: 705

The politics of the internet has entered the social science mainstream. From debates about its impact on parties and election campaigns following momentous presidential contests in the United States, to concerns over international security, privacy and surveillance in the post-9/11, post-7/7 environment; from the rise of blogging as a threat to the traditional model of journalism, to controversies at the international level over how and if the internet should be governed by an entity such as the United Nations; from the new repertoires of collective action open to citizens, to the massive programs of public management reform taking place in the name of e-government, internet politics and policy are continually in the headlines. The Routledge Handbook of Internet Politics is a collection of over thirty chapters dealing with the most significant scholarly debates in this rapidly growing field of study. Organized in four broad sections: Institutions, Behavior, Identities, and Law and Policy, the Handbook summarizes and criticizes contemporary debates while pointing out new departures. A comprehensive set of resources, it provides linkages to established theories of media and politics, political communication, governance, deliberative democracy and social movements, all within an interdisciplinary context. The contributors form a strong international cast of established and junior scholars. This is the first publication of its kind in this field; a helpful companion to students and scholars of politics, international relations, communication studies and sociology.

International Encyclopedia of Civil Society

Author: Helmut K. Anheier,Stefan Toepler

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387939962

Category: Social Science

Page: 528

View: 8883

Recently the topic of civil society has generated a wave of interest, and a wealth of new information. Until now no publication has attempted to organize and consolidate this knowledge. The International Encyclopedia of Civil Society fills this gap, establishing a common set of understandings and terminology, and an analytical starting point for future research. Global in scope and authoritative in content, the Encyclopedia offers succinct summaries of core concepts and theories; definitions of terms; biographical entries on important figures and organizational profiles. In addition, it serves as a reliable and up-to-date guide to additional sources of information. In sum, the Encyclopedia provides an overview of the contours of civil society, social capital, philanthropy and nonprofits across cultures and historical periods. For researchers in nonprofit and civil society studies, political science, economics, management and social enterprise, this is the most systematic appraisal of a rapidly growing field.

Linguophilosophic Parameters of English Innovations in Technosphere

Author: Rusudan Makhachashvili

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443822035

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 95

View: 7671

The monograph researches the aspects of the English vocabulary development processes in the sphere of new computer technologies. The primary supposition of cyber word-stock terminological nature leads into the study of both linguistic (morphological and semantic) and ontological paradigmatic parameters of innovative cyber-vocabulary of the English language. Linguistically, the development of English cyber-vocabulary acquires an ambivalent character. Primarily, the sources of English computer vocabulary root in the conventional word-formation types. However, the enrichment process of the computer terminology of English incorporates the emergence of the word-formation ways and means, authentic for the given lexical sub-system. Moreover, the evolutionary progress of cybervocabulary determines the new conceptual approach to the “word-formation element” notion. The ontological paradigmatic parameters of English cyber-vocabulary are featured from the following perspectives: lexico-semantic perception of basic metaphysic dimensions of the technosphere (that being “space” and “time”) and the anthropologic terminological categorization of technosphere, thus both the anthropocentric and the sociocentric paradigmatics of English innovative cyber-vocabulary being reflected.

First Person Political

Legislative Life and the Meaning of Public Service

Author: Grant Reeher

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 081476925X

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

View: 5679

In First Person Political, Grant Reeher combats the public's alienation from and distrust of politicians by putting a personal face on everyday political life. Through moving personal interviews, Reeher allows legislators to tell their own stories about how and why they came to politics, the experience of serving in their state legislature, their decisions to stay or leave, and the many trials they face in the name of public service. Reeher contends that these politicians do have the public good in mind and often suffer great personal losses for their chance to represent the people and fight for what they think is right. His research also shows that those who choose to run for office often come from a background of deep community involvement. Reeher argues against public cynicism about our elected officials, and his profiles stir not only our praise and respect for these legislators, but also a greater belief in the democratic process itself. The excerpts from his interviews provide a rarely afforded intimate look at these politicians. What emerges from these stories is a humane and believable portrait of public servants acting on behalf of the public good, a portrait that should provide some comfort, perhaps even inspiration, for citizens concerned about the state of American democracy.

Encyclopedia of political communication

Author: Lynda Lee Kaid,Christina Holtz-Bacha

Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc

ISBN: 9781412917995

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

View: 544

The Internet

a historical encyclopedia

Author: Hilary W. Poole,Laura Lambert,Chris Woodford,Christos J. P. Moschovitis

Publisher: Abc-Clio Inc

ISBN: 9781851096596

Category: Computers

Page: 282

View: 3925

Illuminating the reality of worldwide access to information, this expanded three-volume set is a one-stop resource for Internet history, biographies of key figures, and analysis of how the Internet operates.

The Internet

opposing viewpoints

Author: James D. Torr

Publisher: Greenhaven Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 204

View: 8851

Presents a collection of essays that cover varying opinions on the topic of the Internet, covering such topics as Internet gambling, Internet piracy, Internet pornography, and Internet privacy laws.

Democratic EGovernance

Approaches and Research Directions

Author: Joachim Åström

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 243

View: 478

The Trusted Leader

Building the Relationships that Make Government Work

Author: Terry Newell,Grant Reeher,Peter Ronayne

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1506361382

Category: Political Science

Page: 464

View: 3760

Improving government on a macro level is only possible with public managers who herald change on a micro level. While many studies of government reform focus on new policies and programs, these public managers—building relationships built on trust—are the real drivers behind many successful reforms. In this second edition, chapter authors once again draw on their real-world experience to demonstrate the importance of values-based leadership. With new research and lessons from the first two years of the Obama administration, chapters focus on the concrete ways in which leaders build effective relationships and trust, while also improving themselves, their organizations, and those they coach. Surveying agencies both horizontally and vertically, The Trusted Leader also addresses how public managers can collaborate with political appointees and the legislative branch, while still engaging with citizens to create quality customer experiences. Two brand-new chapters focus on: “Effective Conversations”—the importance of one-on-one conversations to building trust, with a model for having such conversations. “The Diversity Opportunity”—the need to effectively lead across a diverse workforce and a diverse society to build trust in both realms. With the addition of chapter headnotes, the editors provide necessary context, while the new “Resources for Further Learning” feature guides readers toward additional print and web resources.

Attention Deficit Democracy

The Paradox of Civic Engagement

Author: Ben Berger

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691144680

Category: Political Science

Page: 201

View: 5670

Handwringing about political apathy is as old as democracy itself. As early as 425 BC, the playwright Aristophanes ridiculed his fellow Athenians for gossiping in the market instead of voting. In more recent decades, calls for greater civic engagement as a democratic cure-all have met with widespread agreement. But how realistic--or helpful--is it to expect citizens to devote more attention and energy to politics? In Attention Deficit Democracy, Ben Berger provides a surprising new perspective on the problem of civic engagement, challenging idealists who aspire to revolutionize democracies and their citizens, but also taking issue with cynics who think that citizens cannot--and need not--do better. "Civic engagement" has become an unwieldy and confusing catchall, Berger argues. We should talk instead of political, social, and moral engagement, figuring out which kinds of engagement make democracy work better, and how we might promote them. Focusing on political engagement and taking Alexis de Tocqueville and Hannah Arendt as his guides, Berger identifies ways to achieve the political engagement we want and need without resorting to coercive measures such as compulsory national service or mandatory voting. By providing a realistic account of the value of political engagement and practical strategies for improving it, while avoiding proposals we can never hope to achieve, Attention Deficit Democracy makes a persuasive case for a public philosophy that much of the public can actually endorse.

Avoiding Politics

How Americans Produce Apathy in Everyday Life

Author: Nina Eliasoph

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521587594

Category: Political Science

Page: 330

View: 9411

Nina Eliasoph's vivid portrait of American civic life reveals an intriguing culture of political avoidance. Despite the importance for democracy of open-ended political conversation among ordinary citizens, many Americans try hard to avoid appearing to care about politics. To discover how, where and why Americans create this culture of avoidance, the author accompanied suburban volunteers, activists, and recreation club members for over two years, listening to them talk - and avoid talking - about the wider world, together and in encounters with government, media, and corporate authorities. She shows how citizens create and express ideas in everyday life, contrasting their privately expressed convictions with their lack of public political engagement. Her book challenges received ideas about culture, power and democracy, while exposing the hard work of producing apathy.

Media and the Restyling of Politics

Consumerism, Celebrity and Cynicism

Author: John Corner,Dick Pels

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761949213

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 210

View: 8052

Bringing together the work of leading academics in media and cultural studies, this book questions the ways in which emerging forms of political style relate not only to new conventions of celebrity and publicity but to ideas about representation, citizenship and the democratic process.

Forthcoming Books

Author: Rose Arny

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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Civic engagement in a network society

Author: Kaifeng Yang,Erik Bergrud

Publisher: Information Age Pub Inc

ISBN: 9781593115586

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 323

View: 5530

a volume in Research on International Civic EngagementSeries Editors Erik Bergrud, Park Universityand Kaifeng Yang, Florida State UniversityThe Pew Charitable Trusts defines civic engagement as "Individual and collective actions designedto identify and address issues of public concern. Civic engagement can take many forms, fromindividual volunteerism to organizational involvement to electoral participation. It can includeefforts to directly address an issue, work with others in a community to solve a problem or interactwith the institutions of representative democracy. Civic engagement encompasses a range ofactivities such as working in a soup kitchen, serving on a neighborhood association, writing a letterto an elected official or voting."While publications on civic engagement have increased in recent years, there are some limitations or unfilled needs: (1) There is a lackof international perspectives; (2) There is a lack of management focus; (3) There are increasing demands on publications regardingonline civic engagement; (4) They tend to be fragmented in individual disciplines such as Nonprofit management, political science, public administration, and sociology. We need a cross-disciplinary approach.Significant features: (1) Each book will have an international focus with contributions from around the world. It stimulates the sharingof experiences across countries. (2) Each book will focus on one cutting-edge topic that has not been carefully addressed in theliterature. (3) Emphasizing the integration of research and practice, each book will provide both advanced research studies andinnovative best practices. (4) Addressing both offline and online civic engagement. (5) A management focus so that books willprovide practitioners insights on how to improve their managerial practices that relate to civic engagement.

A New Engagement?

Political Participation, Civic Life, and the Changing American Citizen

Author: Cliff Zukin,Scott Keeter,Molly Andolina,Krista Jenkins,Michael X. Delli Carpini

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199884757

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 5767

In searching for answers as to why young people differ vastly from their parents and grandparents when it comes to turning out the vote, A New Engagement challenges the conventional wisdom that today's youth is plagued by a severe case of political apathy. In order to understand the current nature of citizen engagement, it is critical to separate political from civic engagement. Using the results from an original set of surveys and the authors' own primary research, they conclude that while older citizens participate by voting, young people engage by volunteering and being active in their communities.

Mousepads, Shoe Leather, and Hope: Lessons from the Howard Dean Campaign for the Future of Internet Politics

Author: Zephyr Teachout,Thomas Streeter

Publisher: Paradigm Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 250

View: 1389

Howard Dean’s campaign for president changed the way in which campaigns are run today. With an unlikely collection of highly talented and motivated staffers drawn from a variety of backgrounds, the Dean campaign transformed the way in which money was raised and supporters galvanized by using the Internet. Surprisingly, many of the campaign staff members were neither computer whizzes nor practiced political operatives, even though that is how some of them are identified today. This book allows key individuals in the campaign the chance to tell their stories with an eye to documenting the Internet campaign revolution and providing lessons to future campaigns. Howard Dean’s inspirational statement of what it took for his campaign to get as far as it did—mousepads, shoe leather, and hope—holds great wisdom for anyone campaigning today, especially the 2008 presidential candidates. Includes an interview with Howard Dean. Visit the companion website for Mousepads. Watch an interview with Larry Biddle on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com Zephyr Teachout was interviewed on NOW discussing the similarities between Howard Dean's use of the internet and Ron Paul's internet campaign. Read the full transcript here: http://www.pbs.org

Politics Moves Online

Campaigning and the Internet

Author: Michael Cornfield

Publisher: Century Foundation

ISBN: 9780870784804

Category: Political Science

Page: 131

View: 4341

The author provides a comprehensive guide to how the Internet has been used in political campaigns. Through a series of insightful cases, he examines how candidates use the Web as a campaign tool and as a fund-raising mechanism, and how voters use the Internet to gather information and become more knowledgeable voters.