Digital Politics in Canada: Promises and Realities
Published: December 2020© 2020
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 328 Pages
Illustrations: 20 figures
Dimensions: 6.25 x 9.25
328 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25 x 0.75 in, 20 figures
Digital Politics in Canada addresses a significant gap in the scholarly literature on both media in Canada and Canadian political science. Using a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, historical, and focused analysis of Canadian digital politics, this book covers the full scope of actors in the Canadian political system, including traditional political institutions of the government, elected officials, political parties, and the mass media. At a time when issues of inclusion are central to political debate, this book features timely chapters on Indigenous people, women, and young people, and takes an in-depth look at key issues of online surveillance and internet voting. Ideal for a wide-ranging course on the impact of digital technology on the Canadian political system, this book encourages students to critically engage in discussions about the future of Canadian politics and democracy.
Preface: The Politics of Disruption
Introduction: Twenty Years of Digital Politics in Canada
Tamara A. Small and Harold J. Jansen
Section I: Political Institutions
1. Digital Representation: The Normalization of Social Media into Political Offices
Alex Marland and Stephen Power
2. Digital Government and Democratic Trust: From Online Service to Outward Engagement
3. Open Government: Was It Just a Moment?
4. Internet Voting: Strengthening Canadian Democracy or Weakening It?
Nicole Goodman and Chelsea Gabel
5. Electronic Surveillance: The Growth of Digitally-Enabled Surveillance and Atrophy of Accountability in Law Enforcement and Security Agencies
6. Political Parties: Political Communication in the Digital Age
Tamara A. Small and Thierry Giasson
7. Digital Journalism: The Canadian Media’s Struggle for Relevance
Section II: Political Digital Citizenship
8. Democratic Citizenship: How Do Canadians Engage with Politics Online?
Harold J. Jansen, Royce Koop, Tamara A. Small, Frederic Bastien, and Thierry Giasson
9. Young People: Politics and Digital Technologies
Allison Harell, Dietlind Stolle, Philippe Duguay, and Valérie-Anne Mahéo
10. Online Mobilization: Tweeting Truth to Power in An Era of Revised Patterns of Mobilization 2.0 in Canada
Mireille Lalancette and Vincent Raynauld
11. Digital Indigenous Politics: “there’s more than one political show in town”
12. Digital Feminism: Networks of Resistance, Neoliberalism, and New Contexts for Activism in Canada
Samantha C. Thrift
"The pioneering research and insights in this book provide critical tools to understand and inform our response to digital politics. Such research enhances our capacity to unleash the potential for enhanced democratic participation and to comprehend and curtail practices that imperil it."Lori Williams, Mount Royal University, Alberta Views
"Clearly written and accessible, Digital Politics in Canada is an up-to-date text demonstrating mastery of the literature and the latest sources. The employment of a three-prong approach of context, digitization, and potentials provides an anchor of organization, telling the reader what each chapter is trying to do and how it intends to do it. Consistently used digital political hypotheses, such as mobilization vs. reinforcement hypothesis, adds an impressive critical element to each chapter. This book can be used within political science, as well as in courses on the media, politics, and communications. There is no comparable book in this area in Canada."Peter J. Smith, Athabasca University
"Digital Politics in Canada offers a clear and coherent summation of digital politics, working through how digitization changes the many facets of Canadian politics. Evident through the scope and quality of scholarship, this edited collection has a very strong group of collaborators and leaders in their respective research areas. Small and Jansen have assembled a thoughtful collection to understand what going digital means for Canadian politics."Fenwick McKelvey, Concordia University
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