Digital Media and Political Engagement Worldwide

A Comparative Study

by Eva Anduiza, Michael James Jensen, Laia Jorba

Series: Communication, Society and Politics

This book focuses on the impact of digital media use for political engagement across varied geographic and political contexts, using a diversity of methodological approaches and datasets. The book addresses an important gap in the contemporary literature on digital politics, identifying context dependent and transcendent political consequences of digital media use. While the majority of the empirical work in this field has been based on studies from the United States and United Kingdom, this volume seeks to place those results into comparative relief with other regions of the world. It moves debates in this field of study forward by identifying system-level attributes that shape digital political engagement across a wide variety of contexts. The evidence analyzed across the fifteen cases considered in the book suggests that engagement with digital environments influences users' political orientations and that contextual features play a significant role in shaping digital politics.

  • Cambridge University Press; May 2012
  • ISBN: 9781139415842
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  • Title: Digital Media and Political Engagement Worldwide
  • Series: Communication, Society and Politics
  • Author: Eva Anduiza (ed.); Michael James Jensen (ed.); Laia Jorba (ed.)
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

“The strength of this impressive volume lies in its exploration of online politics beyond the well-researched U.S. and UK examples. The authors make a sophisticated and compelling case for the importance of culture and context as shapers of technological effects." —Stephen Coleman, Professor of Political Communication, University of Leeds