Our Book of the Month choice for November

The SSL ‘Book of the Month’ feature highlights a book in our collection that has been chosen by one of our Subject Consultants. This may be a recent addition to our stock or an existing item that we would like to share with you.

November’s Book of the Month was selected by Jo Gardner, Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations.



Digital Technology and Democratic Theory

Edited by Lucy Bernholz et al.

Available as an eBook.





It was chosen because it brings together a range of contributors to explore how new digital technologies are reshaping our understanding of democracy and democratic theory.

Book Overview

This book looks closely at how technology is radically changing our lives as citizens and participants in democratic governments. To understand these transformations, the editors bring today contributions by scholars from multiple disciplines to wrestle with the question of how digital technologies shape, reshape and affect fundamental questions about democracy and democratic theory.


“This volume is a timely and essential addition that will help its audience understand the affordances—but also the very real detrimental effects—of social media in society on our governing principles and institutions.”

Sarah T. Roberts, University of California

 “This diverse collection of essays addresses how to reimagine the informational diet of democracy, free speech and association, the boundaries of the demos and political exclusion. An important and engaging read!”

Beth Simone Noveck, director, The Governance Lab

“The original potential of the volume lies in promoting cross-disciplinary scholarship on questions of democracy in the digital age. Thus, for scholars and students of a variety of disciplines including media studies, social science and the humanities, as well as engineers, the volume is essential reading.”

Rahel Süß, London School of Economics and Political Science

How can I access it?

This title is available to consult as an eBook. Access it from a Bodleian Library computer or use it remotely, by logging on to SOLO with your SSO.

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