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Humanist Archives: Dec. 12, 2018, 4:46 a.m. Humanist 32.264 - pubs: on political organisation & online democracy

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 264.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: 2018-12-11 10:32:54+00:00
        From: Paolo Gerbaudo 
        Subject: New Book / The Digital Party: Political Organisation and Online Democracy

New Book / The Digital Party: Political Organisation and Online 
Democracy How political parties have changed in the age of social media.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that my new book "The Digital Party: 
Political Organisation and Online Democracy" has just been published!

The book looks at the transformation of political parties in the digital 
era focusing on the cases of Podemos, the Five Star Movement, Pirate 
Parties, France Insoumise and Momentum. It is based on 4 years of 
research and 30 interviews with politicians, organisers and developers 
of participatory platforms and observations of rallies, campaigns, party 
offices and events.

Below you find some info about the book and the first book endorsements.

Best Regards,

The Digital Party:Political Organisation and Online Democracy
Paolo Gerbaudo (Pluto Press)

 From the Five Star Movement to Podemos, from the Pirate Parties to La 
France Insoumise, from the movements behind Bernie Sanders to those 
backing Jeremy Corbyn, the last decade has witnessed the rise of a new 
blueprint for political organisation: the digital party.

Paolo Gerbaudo addresses the organisational revolution that is 
transforming political parties in the time of Facebook, Twitter, 
Instagram, and Cambridge Analytica. Drawing on interviews with political 
leaders and organisers, Gerbaudo demonstrates that besides rapidly 
growing in votes, these formations have also revitalised party 
democracy, involving hundreds of thousands in discussions carried out on 
online decision-making platforms.
Participatory, yet plebiscitarian, open and democratic, yet dominated by 
charismatic 'hyperleaders', digital parties display both great 
potentials and risks for the development of new forms of mass 
participation in an era of growing inequality. All political parties 
will have to reckon with the lessons of the digital party.


'In this refreshing, imaginative and conceptually sophisticated book, 
Paolo Gerbaudo takes us on a compelling journey across Europe to 
understand the digitally native political parties at the forefront of a 
profound process of organizational evolution. Gerbaudo convincingly 
explains the positive and negative implications of this process, and why 
it matters for the future of democracy' - Andrew Chadwick, author of 
'The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power'

'In a historic moment when political parties are losing their capacity 
to represent citizens, new party models have grown and often achieved 
unexpected success. This book is an important contribution to the 
conceptualization of digital parties and the understanding of their 
evolution' - Donatella Della Porta, Dean of the Institute for Humanities 
and the Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore and author of 
'Movement Parties in Times of Austerity'

'With a rare mix of narrative flair and analytical insight, Gerbaudo 
tells the riveting story of how tech-savvy leaders and 'connected 
outsiders' have reshaped politics in the digital era' - John Postill, 
author of 'The Rise of Nerd Politics'
'Paolo Gerbaudo shows how the internet shapes contemporary politics and 
vice versa. A must read for everyone interested in digital politics' - 
Christian Fuchs, author of 'Digital Demagogues: Authoritarian Capitalism 
in the Age of Trump and Twitter'

'Gerbaudo shows how technology-based "platform parties" are designed, 
how they fit into the history of political parties, and how they reflect 
changes in politics, society, economics, and communication. This rich 
analysis looks at both the promise and the limitations of these 
fascinating political experiments' - Lance Bennett, University of Washington

'This book by Paolo Gerbaudo goes deep into the 'morbid' crossroads of 
our present and offers us suggestive ideas on the key elements of its 
emerging political practice. A brilliant work' - German Cano, University 
of Alcala de Henares, member of the founding group of Podemos

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