Publication: Humanités Numériques et Sciences de l’Information et de la communication, RFSIC

The last issue of the Revue Française des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication (RFSIC) has been published (in French). It discusses the links between digital humanities and information and communication sciences. Several DEL members participated to this issue edited by Julia Bonaccorsi, Valérie Carayol and Jean-Claude Domenget. Continue reading

Publication: Analyser les opinions politiques sur Internet by Julien Boyadjan

Julien Boyadjan just published (in French) his doctoral research. This book, Analyser les opinions politiques sur Internet (Dalloz, 2016), analyses an important social phenomenon, thus not much studied within political science: online political discussions and messages exchange. It is bases on an innovative method including classical questionnaires as well as big data analysis. Continue reading

Publication: Social Media and Everyday Politics by Tim Highfield

Tim Highfield, Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Digital Media at Queensland University of Technology (Australia), has just published his first book, Social Media and Everyday Politics (Polity, 2016). This book draws upon work carried out between 2008 and 2015, including research presented at the “Online political participation and its critics” symposium organized by the DEL network in June 2013 in Paris.


From selfies and memes to hashtags and parodies, social media are used for mundane and personal expressions of political commentary, engagement, and participation. The coverage of politics reflects the social mediation of everyday life, where individual experiences and thoughts are documented and shared online.
In Social Media and Everyday Politics, Tim Highfield examines political talk as everyday occurrences on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, Tumblr, Instagram, and more. He considers the personal and the political, the serious and the silly, and the everyday within the extraordinary, as politics arises from seemingly banal and irreverent topics. The analysis features international examples and evolving practices, from French blogs to Vine loops from Australia, via the Arab Spring, Occupy, #JeSuisCharlie, Eurovision, #BlackLivesMatter, Everyday Sexism, and #illridewithyou.
This timely book will be a valuable resource for students and scholars in media and communications, internet studies, and political science, as well as general readers keen to understand our contemporary media and political contexts.


Introduction: Everyday politics and social media
Chapter One: Personal / political
Chapter Two: Political rituals of social media
Chapter Three: Media politics
Chapter Four: Breaking news, scandals and crises
Chapter Five: Collective and connective action
Chapter Six: Partisan politics and politicians on social media
Chapter Seven: The everyday of elections
Conclusion: The changing face of everyday social media and everyday politics

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Democracy, Participation and Contestation : Civil Society, Governance and the Future of Liberal Democracy

Emmanuelle Avril, Professor in British Politics and Society at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, has just edited a new book along with Johann Neem, Associate Professor of History at Western Washington University, called Democracy, Participation and Contestation : Civil Society, Governance and the Future of Liberal Democracy.


The establishment of democracy on both sides of the Atlantic has not been a smooth evolution towards an idealized presumed endpoint. Far from it, democratization has been marked by setbacks and victories, a process often referred to as ‘contested democracy’. In view of recent mobilizations such as the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement, in which new technologies have played a key role, there is a need for a renewed analysis of the long-term evolution of US and UK political systems.

Using new areas of research, this book argues that the ideals and the practices of Anglo-American democracy can be best understood by studying diverse forms of participation, which go beyond classical expressions of contestation and dissent such as voting. The authors analyze political parties, social movements, communications and social media, governance, cultural diversity, identity politics, public-private actors and social cohesion to illustrate how the structure and context of popular participation play a significant role in whether, and when, citizens´ efforts have any meaningful impact on those who exercise political power. In doing so, the authors take crucial steps towards understanding how a vigorous public sphere and popular sovereignty can be made to work in today’s global environment.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, British and US history, democracy, political participation, governance, social movements and politics.



Introduction: “Contested Democracy”: A critical evaluation – Emmanuelle Avril & Johann Neem

Part I  Contested Definitions of Democracy

Chapter 1: Rethinking 1828: The Emergence of Competing Democracies in the United States – Reeve Huston

Chapter 2: Some Ideological Aspects of the ‘Battle of Cable Street’ – Christos Efstathiou

Chapter 3:  Democracy inc. and Radical Criticism in the US – Pierre Guerlain

Chapter 4:  Is Equality the Goal?: Challenging Economic Inequality in the US and UK – Scot T. Fitzgerald

Part II  Who Participates? Political Inclusion and Exclusion

Chapter 5:  Democracy: America’s Other “Peculiar Institution” – Andrew W. Robertson

Chapter 6:  Undocumented Immigrants, From Pariahs to Citizens? Mobilizations and Arguments in Favor of Inclusion – James Cohen

Chapter 7:  Productive Protest? The contested higher education reforms in England under the Coalition Government – Sarah Pickard

Chapter 8: A Tale of Polarizations: Stress, Inertia and Social Change in the New Gilded Age – Jean-Baptiste Velut

Part III  Governance and the Management of Democratic Processes

Chapter 9: Public Participation, Planning and Housing: a Changing Balance of Power? – David Fée

Chapter 10: The English Regions since 1994: Decentralization and the Contested Terrain of Territorial Governance – Houari Mired

Chapter 11: The European Citizens’ Initiative: the Influence of Anglo-American Governance Ideology on Recent EU Institutional Reforms – Coralie Raffenne

Chapter 12: Channeling Indigenous Contestation of Uranium Mining in Australia: Legislation, Negotiation, Co-optation – Sandrine Tolazzi

Chapter 13: Partners not protesters? Managing Contests to Traditional Democracy through Expanded Public Input into Political Decision-making – Jennifer Lees-Marshment

Part IV A Changing Public Sphere. New Spaces and New Tools.

Chapter 14: Contested Boundaries of Representation: Patterns of Transformation in Black Petitioning in Massachusetts, 1770-1850 – Daniel Carpenter and Nicole Topich

Chapter 15: Social networks and Democracy: Fightbacks and Backlashes in the World Wide Agora – Emmanuelle Avril

Chapter 16: Local Democracy and Public Spaces in Contest: Graffiti in San Francisco – Guillaume Marche

Chapter 17: A Faux-Public Sphere: Liberty Mutual Markets an Online Conversation Economy for Citizen-Consumers – Sheena Raja

Chapter 18: Social Media and Political Activism: Breaking the Offline and Online Division – Cristiana Olcese

Concluding remarks: Does Democracy Have a Future? – Gary Gerstle

New issue of Participations journal dedicated to #DEL2013 symposium

Laurence Monnoyer-Smith and Stéphanie Wojcik edited the last issue of  Participations, a French speaking social science journal on democracy and citizenship. This issue is called “La participation politique en ligne : politics as usual? “. It is made up of papers selected by a scientific committee following the “Online political participation and its critics” symposium organized by the DEL network in June 2013 in Paris.

The issue is available on both Cairn website and Participations website.

Table of content:

“La participation politique en ligne, vers un renouvellement des problématiques?”
Laurence Monnoyer-Smith et Stéphanie Wojcik

“La mise en technologie des projets politiques. Une approche « orientée design » de la participation en ligne”
Romain Badouard

“Twitter, un nouveau « baromètre de l’opinion publique » ?”
Julien Boyadjian

“L’activisme numérique au regard du consumérisme politique : Pirates et Tea Partiers sous la loupe”
Nicolas Baygert

“La rénovation par le web? Dispositifs numériques et évolution du militantisme au PS”
Clément Mabi, Anaïs Theviot

Un numéro de l’International Journal of Electronic Governance, dédié à des travaux anglophones issus du colloque DEL a également été publié.

Special issue of the International Journal of Electronic Governance dedicated to #DEL2013 symposium

Fabienne Greffet and Simon Gadras are the guest editors of the last special issue of the International Journal of Electronic Governance (IJEG) on “New Developments in Online Political Participation”. This special issue is made up of the papers selected by an international scientific committee for the “Online political participation and its critics” symposium organized by the DEL network in June 2013 in Paris.
It provides an overview of theoretical approaches as well as case studies that reflect the complexity and the diversity of online political participation as an object of research, especially through web 2.0.

The special issue is available on the International Journal of Electronic Governance website.

Table of content:

“Towards a comprehensive approach of online political participation”
Simon Gadras and Fabienne Greffet

“Online participation: from ‘invited’ to ‘invented’ spaces”
Norbert Kersting

“Joining the online video conversation? Discourse and practices of European political institutions and politicians on YouTube”
Patrícia Dias Da Silva

“Political carnivalism and an emerging public space: examination of a new participatory culture on Twitter”
Chang Sup Park

“The #OCCUPY network on Twitter and the challenges to social movements theory and research”
Davide Beraldo; Juan Galan-Paez

“National and state-level politics on social media: Twitter, Australian political discussions, and the online commentariat”
Tim Highfield

“The cultural meanings of Israeli Tokbek (talk-back online commenting) and their relevance to the online democratic public sphere”
Gonen Dori-Hacohen; Nimrod Shavit

An issue of the French speaking Participations journal devoted to French speaking papers from the DEL symposium was also published.