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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 Will Publish December 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745335803 Will Publish December 2018 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.
 
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