Congress and the Internet

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9780130996176: Congress and the Internet

The first book of its kind, Congress and the Internet provides a comprehensive study on this important aspect of American politics. Its original research examines the profound impact of the Internet—both positive and negative—on the working of Congress from a variety of perspectives using leading scholars and practitioners with extensive experience—and a hand in implementing use of the Internet—on the Hill. Chapter topics address the procedural and cultural effect of the Internet on the legislative process; how the use of the Internet impacts the conduct of communication and business on Capital Hill; the advantages and disadvantages of computer-based communication and interaction between lawmakers and their constituents; how the internet is used to shape Congress's political agenda; the result of Internet lobbying on Congress; how the Internet is used as a campaign tool; and how the Internet influences civic engagement with Congress. For the Washington political community focused on Congress and computers.

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JAMES A. THURBER is Professor of government at American University and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. He is currently directing "Improving Campaign Conduct," a research project sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts. He is editor and coeditor of Rivals for Power: Presidential-Congressional Relations, Second Edition; Remaking Congress: The Politics of Congressional Stability and Change; Campaign Warriors: Political Consultants in Elections; Crowded Airwaves: Campaign Advertising in Elections; Battle for Congress: Candidates, Consultants, and Voters; and Campaigns and Elections: American Style.

COLTON C. CAMPBELL is Assistant Professor of political science at Florida International University. He is the author of Discharging Congress: Government by Commission, and coeditor of several books, including: New Majority or Old Minority? The Impact of Republicans on Congress; The Contentious Senate: Partisanship, Ideology, and the Myth of Cool Judgment; Congress Confronts the Court: The Struggle for Legitimacy and Authority in Lawmaking; Congress and the Politics of Emerging Rights; and Congress and the Politics of Foreign Policy.

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"There is little question that the Internet is having a tremendous impact on Congress and representative democracy in general, so this volume will be a timely contributor to our important national debate over this subject. The book can be used in courses on Congress, media, and technology" — Darrell West, Brown University




"This is ... an incredible volume. It has an outstanding set of authors and some very interesting topics." — Kelly Patterson, Brigham Young University




"... There is a market waiting for this book: graduate and undergraduate students in my courses on Congress have expressed interest in the topic of Congress and the Internet and frustration at the lack of sources! The editors are highly reputable Congress scholars, and I like the fact that they have gathered a group of authors with lots of Hill experience as well as academic training/experience. It looks to be a book of interest, and accessible, to nonacademic as well as academic audiences. " — Christine Day, University of New Orleans


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