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The Unheavenly ChorusUnequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy$
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Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba, and Henry E. Brady

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154848

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154848.001.0001

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Weapon of the Strong? Participatory Inequality and the Internet

Weapon of the Strong? Participatory Inequality and the Internet

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The Unheavenly Chorus
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Kay Lehman Schlozman

Sidney Verba

Henry E. Brady

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154848.003.0016

This chapter looks at the potentially democratizing impact of the Internet on political participation, and asks both individuals and organizations the same kinds of questions already posed earlier regarding whether processes of political recruitment can alter familiar participatory patterns. If the Internet is bringing new people and new organizations into politics, the chapter considers if it is bringing new kinds of people and new kinds of interests into political activity. Furthermore, even if the Internet is effective in generating additional political activity, the chapter considers if this new activity is simply replicating the same participatory inequalities that have emerged over and over in this volume.

Keywords:   Internet, political participation, political recruitment, participatory patterns, political activity, participatory inequalities

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