Anstead, Nick

Dr Nick Anstead  

Department

Position held

Assistant Professor in Media and Communications

 

Experience keywords:

campaigning; citizenship; eCampaigning; ePolitics; elections; internet; new media; political participation; political parties

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My research is about the relationship between political institutions and new media, and how the two influence each other. I am especially interested in campaigning politics and the emergence of new modes of participation and organisation. Viewed in this way, it is clear that the internet is changing established institutional forms - such as parties, political broadcasting and election campaigns - but that these alterations are not consistent across national contexts. This argument also contains a normative element, as it allows us to identify the institutional models that are best suited to offering opportunities for citizen participation in the digital era. I have attempted to develop this strand of my work by engaging with the policy community, notably in the Fabian Society pamphlet 'The Change We Need' (2008), which I co-edited. My work until now has tended to focus on the United States and the United Kingdom.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Information Technology; Media Technology and New Media; Policy and Regulatory Bodies

Countries and regions to which research relates:

UK; USA

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio; TV

Contact Points

Publications

2017

Tambini, Damian and Anstead, Nick and Magalhães, João Carlos (2017) Is the Conservative Party deliberately distributing fake news in attack ads on Facebook? Media Policy Blog (7 Jun 2017) Blog entry

Tambini, Damian and Anstead, Nick and Magalhães, João Carlos (2017) Labour’s advertising campaign on Facebook (or “Don’t Mention the War”) Media Policy Blog (6 Jun 2017) Blog entry

Tambini, Damian and Anstead, Nick and Magalhães, João Carlos (2017) Labour’s advertising campaign on Facebook (or “Don’t Mention the War”) Media Policy Blog (6 Jun 2017) Blog entry

Anstead, Nick (2017) The idea of austerity in British politics, 2003-13 Political Studies. ISSN 0032-3217 (In Press)

Anstead, Nick (2017) Data-driven campaigning in the 2015 UK general election International Journal of Press/Politics. ISSN 1940-1612

Anstead, Nick and Chadwick, Andrew (2017) A primary definer online: the construction and propagation of a think tank’s authority on social media Media, Culture and Society. ISSN 0163-4437 (In Press)

2016

Anstead, Nick (2016) Transparency has to be open to all and designed with a purpose in mind Media Policy Blog (15 Apr 2016) Blog entry

Coleman, Stephen and Anstead, Nick and Blumler, Jay G and Moss, Giles and Homer, Matt (2016) “What is a referendum?” How we might open up pre-vote TV debates to genuine public scrutiny LSE Brexit (15 Jan 2016) Blog entry

Anstead, Nick (2016) A different beast? Televised election debates in parliamentary democracies International Journal of Press/Politics, 21 (4). 508-526. ISSN 1940-1612

Murthy, Dhiraj and Powell, Alison and Tinati, Ramine and Anstead, Nick and Carr, Leslie and Halford, Susan and Weal, Mark (2016) Automation, algorithms, and politics| bots and political influence: a sociotechnical investigation of social network capital International Journal of Communication, 10. 4952-4971. ISSN 1932-8036

Bruter, Michael and Banaji, Shakuntala and Harrison, Sarah and Cammaerts, Bart and Anstead, Nick (2016) Youth participation in democratic life: stories of hope and disillusion Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire. ISBN 9781137540201

2015

Anstead, Nick (2015) New Research: How to save the 2015 televised debates Media Policy Blog (9 Jan 2015) Blog entry

Anstead, Nick (2015) Discourses about austerity among British political elites, 2003-2013. In: LSE Research Festival 2015, 21 May 2015, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

Anstead, Nick and O'Loughlin, Ben (2015) Social media analysis and public opinion: the 2010 UK General Election Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 20 (2). 204-220. ISSN 1083-6101

2014

Anstead, Nick (2014) We need to look at other parliamentary democracies for ideas about how to run televised debates Media Policy Blog (15 Oct 2014) Blog entry

Anstead, Nick (2014) The debates between candidates for Commission President have a long way to go if they are to generate real engagement with EU citizens LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (13 May 2014) Blog entry

Cammaerts, Bart and Bruter, Michael and Banaji, Shakuntala and Harrison, Sarah and Anstead, Nick (2014) The myth of youth apathy: young Europeans' critical attitudes toward democratic life American Behavioral Scientist, 58 (5). 645-664. ISSN 0002-7642

Jensen, Michael J. and Anstead, Nick (2014) Campaigns and social media communications: a look at digital campaigning in the 2010 U.K. general election In: Grofman, Bernard and Trechsel, Alexander H. and Franklin, Mark, (eds.) The Internet and Democracy in Global Perspective. Studies in public choice, 31. Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, 57-81. ISBN 9783319043517

2013

Anstead, Nick (2013) Book review: the political web: media participation and alternative democracy LSE Review of Books (2 Nov 2013) Blog entry

Jensen, M. J. and Anstead, N. (2013) Psephological investigations: tweets, votes, and unknown unknowns in the republican nomination process Policy and Internet, 5 (2). 161-182. ISSN 1944-2866

Cammaerts, Bart and Bruter, Michael and Banaji, Shakuntala and Harrison, Sarah and Anstead, Nick (2013) EACEA 2010/03: youth participation in democratic life, final report LSE Enterprise, London, UK.

2012

Anstead, Nick (2012) Voter Advice Applications give the increasingly non-partisan electorate the means to choose the right political match British Politics and Policy at LSE (30 Apr 2012) Blog entry

Anstead, Nick and Mattoni, Alice (2012) Book Review: media practices and protest politics: how precarious workers mobilise LSE Review of Books (5 Oct 2012) Blog entry

Anstead, Nick and O'Loughlin, Ben (2012) Semantic polling: the ethics of online public opinion LSE Media Policy Project Series, Broughton Micova, Sally and Tambini, Damian and Sujon, Zoetanya, eds Media Policy Brief 5. The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

2011

Anstead, Nick (2011) We should beware the rhetoric of ‘tough talking’ politicians – they almost certainly have an agenda British Politics and Policy at LSE (26 Sep 2011) Blog entry

Anstead, Nick (2011) The relationship between politics and the media has changed significantly since our last coalition government: we now need to ask more from politicians and their manifestoes British Politics and Policy at LSE (13 Sep 2011) Blog entry

Anstead, Nick and O’Loughlin, Ben (2011) In the 2010 election, the online space was seen as a battleground to be fought over. In future elections it could be used as a method for better understanding the public British Politics and Policy at LSE (19 Sep 2011) Blog entry

Anstead, Nick and O'Loughlin, Ben (2011) Twenty20 as media event Sport in Society, 14 (10). 1340-1357. ISSN 1743-0437

Anstead, Nick and O'Loughlin, B. (2011) The emerging viewertariat and BBC Question Time: television debate and real-time commenting online International Journal of Press/Politics, 16 (4). 440-462. ISSN 1940-1612

Ampofo, Lawrence and O’Loughlin, Ben and Anstead, Nick (2011) Trust, confidence, credibility: citizen responses on Twitter to opinion polls during the 2010 UK general election Information, Communication and Society, 14 (6). 850-871. ISSN 1369-118X

2010

Anstead, Nick (2010) Book review: the Conservative party - from Thatcher to Cameron - by Tim Bale British Politics, 5 (4). 550-552. ISSN 1746-918X

Anstead, Nick and Straw, Will (2010) Two years on, does Obama’s election win still hold lessons for Ed Miliband’s Labour party, in austerity Britain? British Politics and Policy at LSE (3 Dec 2010) Blog entry

Anstead, Nick and O’Loughlin, Ben (2010) Emerging viewertariat: explaining twitter responses to Nick Griffin’s appearance on BBC Question Time PSI working paper series, no. 1. School of Political, Social and International Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

2009

Anstead, Nick and Straw, Will, eds (2009) The Change we need: what Britain can learn from Obama's victory Fabian Society, London, UK. ISBN 9780716341079

Straw, Will and Anstead, Nick (2009) Yes we can: how the lessons from America should change British politics Freethinking papers, Fabian Society, London, UK.

Anstead, Nick and Chadwick, Andrew (2009) Parties, election campaigning, and the Internet: toward a comparative institutional approach In: Chadwick, Andrew and Howard, Philip, (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Internet Politics. Routledge, London, UK, 56-71. ISBN 9780415780582

2008

Anstead, Nick (2008) Internet and campaign finance in the US and the UK: an institutional comparison Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 5 (3). 285-302. ISSN 1933-169X

Anstead, Nick and Chadwick, Andrew (2008) The 2008 digital campaign in the United States: the real lessons for British parties Renewal: a Journal of Social Democracy, 16 (3/4). 86-98. ISSN 0968-252X

2007

Anstead, Nick and Chadwick, Andrew (2007) Parties, election campaigning and the Internet: toward a comparative institutional approach Politics and international relations working paper, no.5. New Political Communication Unit, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, UK.

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