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[ecrea] new book: Cameron's Conservatives and the Internet: Change, Culture and Cyber Toryism

Sat Jul 18 08:52:08 GMT 2015

Cameron's Conservatives and the Internet: Change, Culture and Cyber Toryism:

Using David Cameron's Conservative Party as a case study, the book examines the role of specific internet technologies like blogs, email, ConservativeHome, Facebook, MyConservatives, Twitter and WebCameron in the organizational culture of the Tory Party. Benefitting from both academic and party insider perspectives, the book presents the case for the emergence of a new technological subculture within the party, namely 'Cyber Toryism'. Dr Anthony Ridge-Newman (author) is based in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow, lecturing Politics, Communication and Democracy.

Preface and Acknowledgements
1. Cameron's Conservatives and the Internet
2. Tory Elites and Centralized Internet Operations
3. Blogs: The Conservative Home?
4. Facebook: New Face of Conservative Organization?
5. In the Net: Joining Cameron's Conservatives Online
6. Surrey Conservatives and the Internet
7. Anglesey Conservatives and the Internet
8. Cyber Toryism

Endorsed by leading contemporary Conservative Party academics:

'Benefitting from being written from both an academic and an insider perspective, this study effectively outlines the challenges that new media pose to the organizational and campaign hierarchy that has traditionally characterized the Conservatives. Ridge-Newman shows that the advent of digital democracy doesn't only pose risks for parties; it also offers rewards.'

- Professor Tim Bale, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London, UK.

'Anthony Ridge-Newman provides an innovative analysis of the Conservatives’ engagement with the internet under David Cameron. Drawing on ethnographic methods during hard-fought elections, his book is unique, breaking new ground in the study of the role that new technologies are playing in the lives of political activists in Britain.'

- Dr Alexander Smith, Department of Sociology, Warwick University, UK.

'Ridge-Newman’s book offers the first in-depth investigation of the role of digital technologies in the Conservative Party under Cameron. This book explores the challenges that new forms of technology pose to traditional structures of power and authority within political parties. It is essential reading for researchers and practitioners alike.'

- Dr Alex Windscheffel, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

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