The internet and campaign finance in the U.S. and the UK: An institutional comparison

Nick Anstead

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    While much literature on the Internet has drawn heavily on the ideas of normalization or optimism, this article seeks to define a more complex relationship between existing political institutions and new technology. With reference to the development of campaign finance strategies in the U.S. and the UK, it will aim to show that existing political circumstances and technology share a dialectic relationship when it comes to generating outcomes. The success of online fundraising in the U.S. is certainly reforming political life, but it is the product of longstanding arrangements and beliefs that have catalyzed its impact. In contrast in the United Kingdom, institutional arrangements have retarded the potential of the Web in this area.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)285-302
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Information Technology and Politics
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

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