Online Political Communication

Foreword by Mitch Stewart, Battleground States Director, Obama 2012 campaign

Springer Publishers


How can you use the web to build trust with citizens, organise participation, and generate consensus? How can you ensure that an increasing number of people know about you and support your cause? And, above all, how can online participation be transformed into active participation offline?

This book provides research findings and practical information on online communication strategies in politics. Based on communication research and real world political-campaign experience, the author examines how to use the Web and social media to create public visibility, build trust and consensus, and boost political participation. It offers a useful guide for practitioners working in the political arena, as well as for those managing communication projects in institutions or companies.

The book has been published also in Spanish as La comunicación política online.


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What people are saying

jim messina_2“Drawing from real-world political campaigns, this book offers in-depth research and solid insight on an important and ever-changing tool in all political campaigns, the Internet. Giansante’s book is an important read for anyone interested in political communications strategies”.

Jim Messina, Obama 2012 Campaign Manager, Former White House Chief of Staff


thomas patterson“The application of scholarship to practice is challenging but, in the case of Online Political Communication, the challenge has been met. It’s an invaluable guide to practitioners who seek to use the Internet for mobilization, as well as to students who seek to understand the strategies of online politics”.

Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, Harvard University


andrew chadwick“Gianluca Giansante usefully synthesizes key findings from scholarly research on digital media and politics with a keen practitioner’s perspective on the realities of online engagement. This book is a provocative yet practical call to arms to political organizations of all kinds, but especially those who need to learn more effective and democratic ways to engage with citizens and build consensus in today’s radically complex political communication environment.”

Andrew Chadwick, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the New Political Communication Unit, Royal Holloway, University of London


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