Professor Andrew Chadwick

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  • I have a new piece out soon in Media, Culture & Society with Nick Anstead (LSE). We set out a new, social media theory of ‘primary definers’ by examining the economic think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies on Twitter during the 2015 UK general election. The piece stems from a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust grant I was awarded in 2015 and combines large-scale human coded content analysis and network analysis. Download a preprint PDF here.
  • My recent journal article with Cristian Vaccari and Ben O'Loughlin in the Journal of Communication has won the Walter Lippmann Award for the Best Article in the Field of Political Communication, 2016, from the American Political Science Association Political Communication Section: Vaccari, C., Chadwick, A., and O'Loughlin, B. ‘Dual-Screening the Political: Media Events, Social Media, and Citizen Engagement.’ The piece is the first publication from our major ongoing project on dual screening and politics. See also our accompanying Washington Post article for their Monkey Cage section.
  • The second piece from our dual screening project is forthcoming in volume 61 of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media: Chadwick, A., O'Loughlin, B. and Vaccari, C. ’Why People Dual Screen Political Debates and Why It Matters for Democratic Engagement.’ The article, which will feature in a special issue on dual screening edited by Homero Gil de Zúñiga, draws on a large social media and panel survey dataset we gathered during the main 2015 UK general election ITV debate. It features some surprising findings about people’s motivations to engage in dual screening to influence others and how this boosts their long term cognitive engagement with the campaign, but it also identifies a motivations and influence divide and a significant gender gap. Download a preprint here.
  • My latest book The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power has been awarded the International Journal of Press/Politics Best Book Award, 2016. This is awarded to an outstanding book on media and politics published in the previous ten yearsThe book was also awarded the American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics Section Best Book Award, 2014. For reviews of The Hybrid Media System see here.
  • The special issue of the International Journal of Press/Politics I co-edited with Jennifer Stromer-Galley is now available. The issue is entitled Digital Media, Power, and Democracy in Parties and Election Campaigns and features seven articles. It includes an essay Jenny and I wrote about digital media, postmaterialism, protest, and the renewal of political parties. You can download a final, pre-typeset version of our essay here.
  • I have a new article out (with James Dennis) in Political Studies: Chadwick, A. and Dennis, J. ‘Social Media, Professional Media, and Mobilization in Contemporary Britain: Explaining the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Citizens’ Movement 38 Degrees.’ More here.
  • A chapter I co-authored with New Political Communication Unit researchers James Dennis and Amy Smith for the new Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics is now published. Our chapter is entitled ‘Politics in the Age of Hybrid Media: Power, Systems, and Media Logics’ The Companion is edited by Axel Bruns, Eli Skogerbø, Christian Christensen, Anders Olof Larsson, and Gunn Sara Enli, and features over 30 chapters. You can download the final (pre-typesetting) version of our chapter here. More detail on the Companion is here.
  • The latest three titles in my book series Oxford Studies in Digital Politics are Joel Penney’s The Citizen Marketer: Promoting Political Opinion in the Social Media Age, David Karpf’s Analytic Activism: Digital Listening and the New Political Strategy, and Daniel Kreiss’ Prototype Politics: Technology-Intensive Campaigning and the Data of Democracy.More details here.
  • In 2017 I am serving alongside Leticia Bode (Georgetown) and Deen Freelon (American University) on the committee for the American Political Science Association Political Communication Section’s Paul Lazarsfeld Best Conference Paper Award.

[Page updated May 14, 2017]

Andrew Chadwick (BSocSc Birmingham, MSc London School of Economics, PhD London School of Economics, FRSA) is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he founded the New Political Communication Unit in 2007 and was Head of Department from 2006 to 2009. His books include The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power (Oxford University Press, 2013, 272pp; Second Edition, 2017), which won the 2016 International Journal of Press/Politics Book Award for an outstanding book on media and politics published in the previous ten years and the American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics Section Best Book Award, 2014; The Handbook of Internet Politics, co-edited with Philip N. Howard (Routledge 2009, 528pp), and Internet Politics: States, Citizens, and New Communication Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2006, 400pp), which won the American Sociological Association Best Book Award (Communication and Information Technologies Section) and is among the most widely-cited books in its field. Andrew founded the Oxford University Press book series Oxford Studies in Digital Politics and was a founding Associate Editor of the Journal of Information Technology and Politics and continues as a Senior Editorial Board member for the journal, which is published by Routledge. During 2013 and 2014 he served (unpaid) as one of the eight founding Commissioners on the Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement. In recent years, he has made print and broadcast media appearances, including on BBC Radio Four’s Thinking AllowedThe Moral Maze, and The World at One, as well as Sky News. He has authored articles for the British and U.S. press, including The Independent and the Washington Post. Andrew recently co-edited (with Jennifer Stromer-Galley) a 2016 special issue of the International Journal of Press/Politics on Digital Media, Power, and Democracy in Parties and Election Campaigns.

The Second Edition of The Hybrid Media System will publish in August 2017, featuring a new Preface, a revised Conclusion, and an extensive new chapter applying the conceptual framework to the extraordinary 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and the rise of Donald Trump.

Andrew is currently working on three new research projects: a series of journal articles on dual screening and political engagement (with Cristian Vaccari and Ben O'Loughlin); an articles-based project on media and think tank authority, supported by the British Academy/Leverhulme grant scheme; and a new book, Social Media and the Future of Democracy, to be published by Oxford University Press. 

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See also: the New Political Communication Unit website

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