Consisting of over 30 specially commissioned chapters featuring over 50 authors, this major field-building project is co-edited by Andrew Chadwick, Director of the New Political Communication Unit and Philip N. Howard, Professor of Communication, University of Washington. Published by Routledge, it is divided into four sections: Institutions, Behavior, Identities, and Law and Policy, the Handbook is:
- A prestige reference work providing a thematically organized overview of the whole subject area of Internet politics and policy, broadly defined.
- A survey of the state of the art including emerging and cutting edge areas.
- A synthesis of important work and a means of punctuating the development of a scholarly field.
- A means of providing linkages to established theories of media and politics, political communication, governance, deliberative democracy and social movements.
- Made up of a strong cast of international scholars; a mix of big names, rising stars and more junior academics drawn from the US, the UK, Europe and beyond.