Introduction: Blogs, politics and power: a special issue of Public Choice

  title={Introduction: Blogs, politics and power: a special issue of Public Choice},
  author={Daniel W. Drezner and Henry Farrell},
  journal={Public Choice},
Abstract There is good reason to believe that blogs are changing politics, but we don’t know exactly how. Nor do we know whether the normative consequences of blogs for politics are likely to be good or bad. In this special issue, we and our co-authors undertake the first sustained effort to map the empirical and normative consequences of blogs for politics. We begin by setting out basic information about blogs, and some anecdotal evidence suggesting that they are indeed politically important… 

Blogging for democracy: deliberation, autonomy, and reasonableness in the blogosphere

This paper critically examines the rising popularity of blogging in the US as a new kind of public space that has the potential to extend and deepen the way in which we interact and engage each other

Newspaper Blogs: The Genuine Article or Poor Counterfeits?

Blogging began as a grassroots alternative phenomenon, and it was some years before the mainstream media took notice, let alone responded by introducing their own blogs. However, the blogs of

Different blog use, different participation

The types of blog users are categorized into three kinds and the extent to their separate behavior which linked to political participation is measured to measure the effects of communication on blogs more precisely.

What do bloggers do: an average day on an average political blog

Abstract This study investigates whether average political bloggers engage in four distinct activities: informing readers, checking the media, engaging in political advocacy, and gathering money for

Digital Democracy: Reimagining Pathways to Political Participation

Recently, research revolving around blogs has flourished. Usually, academics illustrate what blogs are, motivations to blog, and, only to some extent, their role in politics. Along these lines, we

New competencies in democratic communication? Blogs, agenda setting and political participation

Abstract Contrary to initial predictions Internet-mediated forms of communication have not become mediums of mass communication. Traditional media still reach far more people than even the most

Blogging for the Sake of the President: The Online Diaries of Russian Governors

Abstract Many Western researchers have hailed blogs of politicians as new, interactive and ‘inherently democratic’ tools of political communication. Yet, as this essay illustrates, blogs can be of

Blogging in the Political Science Classroom

Abstract Weblogs (or blogs), as a form of communication on the Internet, have recently risen in prominence but may be poorly understood by both faculty and students. This article explains how blogs

Confrontation and Cooptation: A Brief History of Australian Political Blogs

Even early on, political blogging in Australia was not an entirely alternative endeavour – the blogosphere has seen early and continued involvement from representatives of the mainstream media.



The political blogosphere and the 2004 U.S. election: divided they blog

Differences in the behavior of liberal and conservative blogs are found, with conservative blogs linking to each other more frequently and in a denser pattern.

Blog for America and Civic Involvement

Web logs (blogs) were an integral component of the 2004 presidential campaign and are a new medium for civic engagement. Arguably, the most important campaign blog was Blog for America, which served

Blogging and the Transformation of Legal Scholarship

Does blogging have anything to do with legal scholarship? Could blogging transform the legal academy? This paper suggests that these are the wrong questions. Blogs have plenty to do with legal

Bridging the gap: a genre analysis of Weblogs

A content analysis of 203 randomly-selected Weblogs considers the likely antecedents of the blog genre, situate it with respect to the dominant forms of digital communication on the Internet today, and advance predictions about its long-term impacts.

Shadow Government: Private Regulation, Free Speech, and Lessons from the Sinclair Blogstorm

This paper analyzes the apparently emerging phenomenon of private regulation through ad hoc online coalitions. It evaluates the online cost structures that permit and shape the collective action

Wag the Blog: How Reliance on Traditional Media and the Internet Influence Credibility Perceptions of Weblogs Among Blog Users

The degree to which reliance on Weblogs as well as traditional and online media sources predicts credibility of Weblogs after controlling for demographic and political factors is explored.

The Internet and Political Transformation: Populism, Community, and Accelerated Pluralism

The swift development of the Internet has inspired two sorts of claims that large-scale transformations in the structure of political influence in the U.S. are under way: the populist claim that the

From the Publisher: See only what you want to see, hear only what you want to hear; read only what you want to read. In cyberspace, we already have the ability to filter out everything but what we

The Wiki and the Blog: Toward a Complex Adaptive Intelligence Community

Letting Intelligence Officers and their non-intelligence National Security colleagues access to these technologies on SIPRNet, will provide a critical mass to begin the transformation of the Intelligence Community into a community that dynamically reinvents itself by continuously learning and adapting as the national security environment changes.

The rise of the network society

From the Publisher: This ambitious book is an account of the economic and social dynamics of the new age of information. Based on research in the USA, Asia, Latin America, and Europe, it aims to