Managing Democracy in the Digital Age

Internet Regulation, Social Media Use, and Online Civic Engagement

  • Julia Schwanholz
  • Todd Graham
  • Peter-Tobias Stoll

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Challenges for Internet Regulation on the Global, EU, and National Level

  3. Political Communication and Social Media: From Politics to Citizens

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Patrick Theiner, Julia Schwanholz, Andreas Busch
      Pages 77-95
    3. Bert Jan Brands, Todd Graham, Marcel Broersma
      Pages 159-178
  4. Online Civic Engagement and the Public Sphere

About this book


In light of the increased utilization of information technologies, such as social media and the ‘Internet of Things,’ this book investigates how this digital transformation process creates new challenges and opportunities for political participation, political election campaigns and political regulation of the Internet. Within the context of Western democracies and China, the contributors analyze these challenges and opportunities from three perspectives: the regulatory state, the political use of social media, and through the lens of the public sphere.

The first part of the book discusses key challenges for Internet regulation, such as data protection and censorship, while the second addresses the use of social media in political communication and political elections. In turn, the third and last part highlights various opportunities offered by digital media for online civic engagement and protest in the public sphere. Drawing on different academic fields, including political science, communication science, and journalism studies, the contributors raise a number of innovative research questions and provide fascinating theoretical and empirical insights into the topic of digital transformation.


Social Media Digital Transformation Electronic Governance Political Communication Public Sphere Election Campaigns Twitter Political Protest Digital Governance E-governance Internet Regulations Internet of Things Liquid Democracy Journalism

Editors and affiliations

  • Julia Schwanholz
    • 1
  • Todd Graham
    • 2
  • Peter-Tobias Stoll
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. for Political ScienceUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.School of Media and CommunicationUniversity of LeedsLeeds, YorkshireUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.International and European LawUniversity of GöttingenGroningenGermany

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