Digital Politics in Canada: Promises and Realities

Edited by Tamara A. Small and Harold J. Jansen

© 2020

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.

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The increased use of digital politics by citizens, groups, and governments over the last 25 years carried the promise of transforming the way politics and government was practiced. This book looks at Canadian political practice and the reality of the political process against those early promises.

Digital Politics in Canada: Promises and Realities

Edited by Tamara A. Small and Harold J. Jansen

© 2020

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.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "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
  • Author Information

    Tamara A. Small is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph.


    Harold J. Jansen is a professor in the Department of Political Science at University of Lethbridge.
  • Table of contents

    Preface: The Politics of Disruption 
    David Taras

    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
    Jeffrey Roy

    3. Open Government: Was It Just a Moment?
    Justin Longo

    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
    Christopher Parsons

    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
    Christopher Waddell

    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”  
    Derek Antoine

    12. Digital Feminism: Networks of Resistance, Neoliberalism, and New Contexts for Activism in Canada  
    Samantha C. Thrift

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