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The 2008 digital campaign in the United States: the real lessons for British parties

Anstead, Nick ORCID: 0000-0002-1090-5271 and Chadwick, Andrew (2008) The 2008 digital campaign in the United States: the real lessons for British parties. Renewal: a Journal of Social Democracy, 16 (3/4). pp. 86-98. ISSN 0968-252X

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While it is certainly the case that British parties and candidates can learn something from the United States, precisely how they should measure their success in so doing is far from straightforward. The challenge is as much one of institutional design as it is about the adoption of the latest technology: how do we reform British politics to set free the full democratic potential of the internet? This is a long term project, but it could lead to huge rewards. Many of the issues identified in this article as significant are now frequently debated in the UK: democratising party organisations, forging links between parties and broader citizen campaigns, reforming campaign finance laws, and entrenching a culture of constitutional pluralism, to name but a few. It is now imperative that the relationship between political institutions and technology is considered in these debates.

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Additional Information: © 2010 The Authors
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010 13:30
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:46

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