Paper $27.00 ISBN: 9780745335797 Published January 2019 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745335803 Will Publish March 2019 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

The Digital Party

Political Organisation and Online Democracy

Paolo Gerbaudo

The Digital Party

Paolo Gerbaudo

Distributed for Pluto Press

224 pages | 6 halftones | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $27.00 ISBN: 9780745335797 Published January 2019 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745335803 Will Publish March 2019 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
From the Pirate Parties in Northern Europe to Podemos in Spain and the 5-Star Movement in Italy, from the movements behind Bernie Sanders in the United States and Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom, to Jean-Luc Melenchon's presidential bid in France, the last decade has witnessed the rise of a new blueprint for political organization: the digital party.

These new political formations tap into the potential of social media to gain consensus, and use online participatory platforms to include the rank-and-file. Paolo Gerbaudo looks at the restructuring of political parties and campaigns in the time of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and big data. Drawing on interviews with key political leaders and digital organizers, he argues that the digital party is very different from the class-based “mass party” of the industrial era, and offers promising new solutions to social polarization and the failures of liberal democracy today.
 
Review Quotes
Andrew Chadwick, author of The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power

“Recent years have witnessed momentous change in how political parties mobilize citizens. In this refreshing, imaginative, and conceptually-sophisticated book Paolo Gerbaudo takes us on a compelling journey across Europe to understand the digitally-native parties at the forefront of a profound process of organizational evolution. Contrary to forecasts of their demise, parties are alive and kicking. But in their digital variants they behave very differently from their twentieth century forebears. This book convincingly explains the positive and negative implications of this process—and why it matters for the future of democracy.“

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
“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.”
 
John Postill, author of The Rise of Nerd Politics
“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.”

 
Christian Fuchs, author of Digital Demagogues: Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Trump and Twitter
“Paolo Gerbaudo shows how the internet shapes contemporary politics and vice versa. A must read for everyone interested in digital politics.”

 
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