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xiv, 203 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • WIll the revolution be A/B-tested?
  • Understanding the analytics, algorithm, and big data
  • The organizational logic of petition platforms
  • Analytic audiences
  • Boundary conditions : the analytics floor and the analytics frontier
  • What is left undone.
Some of the most remarkable impacts of digital media on political activism lie not in the new types of speech it provides to disorganized masses, but in the new types of listening it fosters among organized pressure groups. Beneath the easily visible waves of e-petitions, "likes, " hashtags, and viral videos lies a powerful undercurrent of activated public opinion. In this book, David Karpf offers a rich, detailed assessment of how political organizations carefully monitor this online activity and use it to develop new tactics and strategies that help them succeed in the evolving hybrid media system. Karpf discusses the power and potential of this new "analytic activism, " exploring the organizational logics and media logics that determine how digital inputs shape the choices that political campaigners make. He provides the first careful analysis of how organizations like Change.org and Upworthy.com influence the types of political narratives that dominate our Facebook newsfeeds and Twitter timelines. He investigates how MoveOn.org and it "netroots" peers use analytics to listen more effectively to their members and supporters. He also identifies two boundaries of analytic activism - the analytics floor and analytics frontier - which define the scope of this new style of organized citizen engagement. The book concludes by examining the limitations of analytic activism, raising a cautionary flag about the ways that putting too much faith in digital listening can lead to a weakening of civil society as a whole.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190266134 20161128
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-7031-01, LAW-7031-01
xvi, 216 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Introduction
  • The regulation of advertising
  • The volume and content of political advertising
  • How ads are created and tested
  • Buying and targeting political advertising on television
  • The Internet, social media, and advertising
  • Influence and persuasion : studying the intended effects of advertising
  • The unintended effects of advertising
  • The future of political advertising and its role in our society.
Political advertising is as important as ever--ad spending records are broken each election cycle, and the volume of ads aired continues to increase. Political Advertising in the United States is a comprehensive survey of the political advertising landscape and its influence on voters. The authors, co-directors of the Wesleyan Media Project, draw from the latest data to analyze how campaign finance laws have affected the sponsorship and content of political advertising, how "big data" has allowed for more sophisticated targeting, and how the Internet and social media has changed the distribution of ads. With detailed analysis of presidential and congressional campaign ads and discussion questions in each chapter, this accessibly written book is a must-read for students, scholars and practitioners who want to understand the ins and outs of political advertising.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780813349756 20161128
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-7031-01, LAW-7031-01
ix, 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Party networks and political innovation
  • Electoral innovation at the Grand Old Party
  • Republic Party inertia in a changed political context
  • The aftermath of McCain's defeat
  • Re-electing the president
  • Old paths and new beginnings
  • The dynamics of technology-intensive campaigning.
Given the advanced state of digital technology and social media, one would think that the Democratic and Republican Parties would be reasonably well-matched in terms of their technology uptake and sophistication. But as past presidential campaigns have shown, this is not the case. So what explains this odd disparity? Political scientists have shown that Republicans effectively used the strategy of party building and networking to gain campaign and electoral advantage throughout the twentieth century. In Prototype Politics, Daniel Kreiss argues that contemporary campaigning has entered a new technology-intensive era that the Democratic Party has engaged to not only gain traction against the Republicans, but to shape the new electoral context and define what electoral participation means in the twenty-first century. Prototype Politics provides an analytical framework for understanding why and how campaigns are newly "technology-intensive, " and why digital media, data, and analytics are at the forefront of contemporary electoral dynamics. The book discusses the importance of infrastructure, the contexts within which technological innovation happens, and how the collective making of prototypes shapes parties and their technological futures. Drawing on an innovative dataset of the professional careers of 628 presidential campaign staffers working in technology from 2004-2012 and interviews with campaign elites on both sides of the aisle, Prototype Politics details how and why the Democrats invested more in technology, were able to attract staffers with specialized expertise to work in electoral politics, and founded an array of firms to diffuse technological innovations down ballot and across election cycles. Taken together, this book shows how the differences between the major party campaigns on display in 2012 were shaped by their institutional histories since 2004, as well as that of their extended network of allied organizations. In the process, this book argues that scholars need to understand how technological development around politics happens in time and how the dynamics on display during presidential cycles are the outcomes of longer processes.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199350247 20160823
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-7031-01, LAW-7031-01
ix, 261 pages ; 24 cm
  • 1. Introduction, 2. The perceived voter model-- 3. The policy roots of elite perceptions-- 4. Campaign perceptions quantified-- 5. The perceived partisan-- 6. The public code of racialized electioneering-- 7. Persuadable voters in the eyes of the persuaders-- 8. Voters perceived in social networks and consumer files-- 9. Conclusion-- 10. Appendices.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107501164 20161128
Hacking the Electorate is the most comprehensive study to date about the consequences of campaigns using microtargeting databases to mobilize voters in elections. Eitan Hersh follows the trail from data to strategy to outcomes. Hersh argues that most of what campaigns know about voters comes from a core set of public records. States vary in the kinds of records they collect from voters - and these variations in data across the country mean that campaigns perceive voters differently in different areas. Consequently, the strategies of campaigns and the coalitions of voters who are mobilized fluctuate across the country because of the different ways campaigns perceive the electorate. Data policies influence campaigns, voters and, increasingly, public officials.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107501164 20161128
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-7031-01, LAW-7031-01
xiii, 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction: The paradox of digital campaigning in a democracy
  • 1996 : mass-mediated campaigning in the nascent Internet age
  • 2000 : experimentation in the Internet Age
  • 2004 : the paradigm shift
  • 2008 : networked campaigning and controlled interactivity
  • 2012 : data-eriven networked campaigning
  • Conclusion: Shifting practices of political campaigns and political culture.
As the plugged-in presidential campaign has arguably reached maturity, Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age challenges popular claims about the democratizing effect of Digital Communication Technologies (DCTs). Analyzing campaign strategies, structures, and tactics from the past five presidential election cycles, Stromer-Galley reveals how, for all their vaunted inclusivity and tantalizing promise of increased two-way communication between candidates and the individuals who support them, DCTs have done little to change the fundamental dynamics of campaigns. The expansion of new technologies has presented candidates with greater opportunities to micro-target potential voters, cheaper and easier ways to raise money, and faster and more innovative ways to respond to opponents. The need for communication control and management, however, has made campaigns slow and loathe to experiment with truly interactive internet communication technologies. Citizen involvement in the campaign historically has been and, as this book shows, continues to be a means to an end: winning the election for the candidate. For all the proliferation of apps to download, polls to click, videos to watch, and messages to forward, the decidedly undemocratic view of controlled interactivity is how most campaigns continue to operate. Contributing to the field a much-needed historical understanding of the shifting communication practices of presidential campaigns, Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age examines election cycles from 1996, when the World Wide Web was first used for presidential campaigning, through 2012, when practices were being tuned to perfection using data analytics for carefully targeting and mobilizing particular voter segments. As the book charts changes in internet communication technologies, it shows how, even as campaigns have moved responsively from a mass mediated to a networked paradigm, and from fundraising to organizing, the possibilities these shifts in interactivity seem to promise for citizen input and empowerment remain much farther than a click away.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199731947 20161128
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-7031-01, LAW-7031-01
385 pages ; 21 cm
  • Blinded by political science
  • A game of margins
  • The New Haven experiments
  • The two percent solution
  • "You mean you don't do this in politics?"
  • Geeks versus the gurus
  • When shame pays a house call
  • Showdown at the oasis
  • Models and the matrix
  • The soul of a new machine.
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-7031-01, LAW-7031-01