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Environmental activism online
Author: Jenny Pickerill

The politics of cyberspace is of importance both for the future use of computer-mediated communication (CMC) and within traditional political arenas, commerce and society itself. Within Britain there are many different political groups that have a presence online and utilise CMC, including for example members of the far right, human rights advocates, religious groups and environmental activists. This book examines the relationship between the strategies of environmental activist movements in Britain and their use of CMC. It explores how environmental activists negotiate the tensions and embrace the opportunities of CMC, and analyses the consequences of their actions for the forms and processes of environmental politics. It serves as a disjuncture from some broader critiques of the implications of CMC for society as a whole, concentrating on unpacking what CMC means for activists engaged in social change. Within this broad aim there are three specific objectives. It first evaluates how CMC provides opportunities for political expression and mobilization. Second, the book examines whether CMC use has different implications for established environmental lobbying organisations than it does for the non-hierarchical fluid networks of direct action groups. Third, it elucidates the influence of CMC on campaign strategies and consequently on business, government and regulatory responses to environmental activism.

Geoffrey K. Roberts

in electoral politics. The way in which parties have built on this constitutional and legislative status to become so pervasive a force within the German political process also is discussed. The second aspect is the selection of candidates: for both single-member constituencies and Land party lists. Third, campaign planning and organisation require attention, since they are becoming increasingly important in relation to campaign strategy. The constitutional and legislative basis of the German party-‘state’ There have been numerous diagnoses of the reasons for the

in German electoral politics
Christopher J. Devine and Kyle C. Kopko

, in this chapter we present systematic analyses of: (1) the vice presidential selection process; and, (2) general election campaign strategy. The purpose of our analyses is to determine whether the perception of a vice presidential HSA has a discernible impact on actual campaign behavior. Discernment is the key word here, since campaigns rarely announce the strategic motivations behind their decisions. Our inferential task, in that case, is to identify a pattern of behavior that a campaign would follow if it were acting upon perceptions of a vice presidential HSA

in The VP Advantage
David Thackeray

have seen, many Edwardian Unionists felt that they could not rely on traditional cries, Thackeray.indd 55 1/10/2013 10:11:13 AM 56 Edwardian politics which had served them well in the Victorian era but had been undermined by Liberal counter-appeals. Unionist attempts to engage with class identities in Edwardian Britain were far from one dimensional and grew in sophistication after 1912 as the Conservative Party developed a targeted, pluralistic campaign strategy across the nation. In the run-up to the 1907 LCC elections the London Municipal Society distributed

in Conservatism for the democratic age
The South African War, Empire and India
Balasubramanyam Chandramohan

as a legacy of the Boer War is the birth of Gandhi’s political philosophy and campaign strategy of passive resistance. But what did Gandhi, and the Indian community at large, make of the fellow sufferers from racial discrimination in South Africa, especially the Africans? Gandhi had once advised Indians to keep their campaign for rights distinct from those of other non

in The South African War reappraised
Maureen Wright

it.84 The WFrL was formed with Elizabeth’s personal ideological principals of ethical and moral justice and individual freedom at its heart and, as so often before, she took on the labours of secretary. The WFrL’s campaign strategy was built on a manifesto that sought the removal of the effects of inequality of opportunity for women, be these inequalities related to sex, marriage, work, the law or politics. Its ideology comprised, as has been argued, the ‘conscience’ of radical suffragism; but the consciousness which shaped it was Elizabeth’s own.85 ‘The young

in Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy and the Victorian Feminist Movement
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Andra Gillespie

whites are lazy is not statistically significant. By 2012, though, the gap in perception about laziness increases to nine percentage points, with blacks being perceived as more lazy. Similarly, the five-​point gap between perceptions that blacks and whites are violent grew in 2012 to a ten-​point gap. What is a black president to do, then? Given the continued racial insensitivities in the American population, it is no surprise that Barack Obama and his campaign team opted to use a deracialized, or race-​neutral, campaign strategy to get elected. Scholars and political

in Race and the Obama Administration
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Matt Cole

This chapter examines the political campaigns of Richard Wainwright throughout his career. It describes Wainwright's campaign strategy and the circumstances he faced during the campaign years, 1959, 1963, 1964, 1970, 1974, 1979, 1983, and 1987. It explains that Wainwright became Member of Parliament from 1966 to 1970 and from 1974 to 1987. This chapter suggests that Wainwright's retirement in 1987 also marked the start of a period of dramatic electoral decline for the Colne Valley Liberals.

in Richard Wainwright, the Liberals and Liberal Democrats
Michael Breen, Michael Courtney, Iain Mcmenamin, Eoin O’Malley and Kevin Rafter

Chapter 7 focuses on the effect of the commercial basis of outlets on their election coverage. The authors do not find the association between greater market vulnerability and more negativity and more emphasis on the political competition frame, as posited by hypercritical infotainment. Instead, the amount of political coverage provided by a given outlet is stressed. Those committed to politics offer a substantial amount of content in both the political competition and policy frames. Those with more marginal political content tend to stick to the policy basics and do not afford space to the details of polls and campaign strategies.

in Resilient reporting
Substance, symbols, and hope
Author: Andra Gillespie

The election of Barack Obama was a milestone in US history with tremendous symbolic importance for the black community. But was this symbolism backed up by substance? Did ordinary black people really benefit under the first black president?

This is the question that Andra Gillespie sets out to answer in Race and the Obama Administration. Using a variety of methodological techniques—from content analysis of executive orders to comparisons of key indicators, such as homeownership and employment rates under Clinton, Bush, and Obama— the book charts the progress of black causes and provides valuable perspective on the limitations of presidential power in addressing issues of racial inequality. Gillespie uses public opinion data to investigate the purported disconnect between Obama’s performance and his consistently high ratings among black voters, asking how far the symbolic power of the first black family in the White House was able to compensate for the compromises of political office.

Scholarly but accessible, Race and the Obama Administration will be of interest to students and lecturers in US politics and race studies, as well as to general readers who want to better understand the situation of the black community in the US today and the prospects for its improvement.