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Internet and campaign finance in the US and the UK: an institutional comparison

Anstead, Nick (2008) Internet and campaign finance in the US and the UK: an institutional comparison. Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 5 (3). pp. 285-302. ISSN 1933-169X

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Identification Number: 10.1080/19331680802425214


While much literature on the Internet has drawn heavily on the ideas of normalization or optimism, this article seeks to define a more complex relationship between existing political institutions and new technology. With reference to the development of campaign finance strategies in the U.S. and the UK, it will aim to show that existing political circumstances and technology share a dialectic relationship when it comes to generating outcomes. The success of online fundraising in the U.S. is certainly reforming political life, but it is the product of longstanding arrangements and beliefs that have catalyzed its impact. In contrast in the United Kingdom, institutional arrangements have retarded the potential of the Web in this area.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2009 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2011 17:12
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 04:12

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