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Reviews: Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

Reviews of The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

  • Aouragh, Miriyam. Review of Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy by Philip N. Howard. Political Communication, 28, no. 3 (2011): 394-397.
  • Dorraj, M. Review of Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy by Philip N. Howard. Choice, May (2011): 1775.
  • Morozov, Evgeny. Review of Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy by Philip N. Howard. Perspectives on Politics, October (2011): 895-900.
  • Quest, Linda. Review of Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy by Philip N. Howard. International Social Science Review 86, no. 3-4 (2011): 188-190.
  • Ramachandran, Aarti. “Islam and Technology: Evolution and Revolution.” Journal of International Affairs 65, no. 1 (2011): 251-253.
  • Sangi, Nazir. Review of Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy by Philip N. Howard. International Journal of ePolitics 2, no. 2 (2011): http://eventseer.net/e/10240/.
  • Valdivia, Vanessa. Review of Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy by Philip N. Howard. International Journal of Communication 5 (2011): 1042-1044.

Awards

2011 Best Book in the Area of Information Technology and Politics, from the Information Technology and Politics Section, APSA

Endorsements

 “A long-awaited inquiry into the politics of the Internet…Howard’s book is an innovative contribution among the overwhelming amount of writings about the role of the Internet in the Middle East…Howard puts much effort in explaining the multifaceted results, adding tables to summarize important findings. This nuanced approach is a pleasant break from the often-found urge for absolute (utopian or dystopian) claims…The book is highly recommended as required reading for technology experts, graduate students, and longer serving academics alike.”
Political Communication

“At a time when everyone is asking whether new media affects politics in the Mid-East, Philip Howard has produced the definitive answer in his book. This is an impressive work of scholarship, both in its quantitative approach to international affairs and in its conclusions, which will be of interest to social scientists and policy makers alike.”
Clay Shirky, New York University

“This book presents a most challenging and original analysis of the cultural and political dynamics of the Muslim world through the lens of the interaction between communication technology and politics. It breaks new ground in our understanding of the implications of digital technology for socio-political change. It will become a reference in political communication for the years to come.”
Manuel Castells, University of Southern California

“For too long the literature on the politics of the new information technologies has been empirically thin and theoretically overheated. By substituting systematic empirical analysis for anecdote and nuanced interpretation for hyperbole, Howard has written an original and important book that scholars of comparative politics, democratization, contentious politics and the new information technologies will be obliged to read. As he provocatively reminds us (quoting Kranzberg), ‘technology is neither good nor bad, nor is it neutral.'”
Doug McAdam, Stanford University

“In contests between dictatorship and democracy, new media exert increasingly determinative influence. Philip Howard provides a detailed, thoughtful analysis of how the flow of information and tools of communication are reshaping global politics.”
Philip Seib, University of Southern California

“Philip Howard develops an empirically grounded case for the role that the Internet and related communication technologies are playing in supporting democratic developments within Islamic states. This would be an excellent book for courses on 21st Century politics and the Internet.”
William H. Dutton, University of Oxford

“In this timely, erudite, and well-written book, Howard captures the multifaceted dimensions and transformative power of new technologies. Empirically grounded and analytically rich, the reader will find much that is informative and insightful.”
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