Political Campaigning in the Information Age

Political Campaigning in the Information Age

Ashu M. G. Solo (Maverick Technologies America Inc., USA)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: May, 2014|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 359
ISBN13: 9781466660625|ISBN10: 1466660627|EISBN13: 9781466660632|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6062-5


Technology and the Internet especially have brought on major changes to politics and are playing an increasingly important role in political campaigns, communications, and messaging.

Political Campaigning in the Information Age increases our understanding of aspects and methods for political campaigning, messaging, and communications in the information age. Each chapter analyzes political campaigning, its methods, the effectiveness of these methods, and tools for analyzing these methods. This book will aid political operatives in increasing the effectiveness of political campaigns and communications and will be of use to researchers, political campaign staff, politicians and their staff, political and public policy analysts, political scientists, engineers, computer scientists, journalists, academicians, students, and professionals.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • E-Politics
  • Online Campaigning
  • Political Campaigning
  • Political Campaigns and the Internet
  • Political Communications and the Internet
  • Political Debates on the Internet
  • Political Messaging and the Internet
  • Technology in Political Campaigning

Reviews and Testimonials

In this work for students, scholars, and practitioners, international contributors in policy analysis, political science, journalism, digital media, and new media and politics examine the use of technology in political campaigns. Two early chapters by editor Solo define the new interdisciplinary fields of political engineering, public policy engineering, and computational politics. Cases explored include social media and political public relations of Portuguese political parties in 2008, political parties’ web sites in the 2009 European Parliament elections, new media shaping democracy in Poland, microblogging and the news, and the US Republican Party’s online campaigns.

Chapters on computational politics report on the use of information technology for studying political campaigns, such as the use of graph theory software for political discourse, and type-two fuzzy logic for quantitatively defining imprecise linguistic terms in politics and public policy.

– ProtoView Book Abstracts (formerly Book News, Inc.)

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Ashu M. G. Solo is an interdisciplinary researcher and developer, electrical engineer, computer engineer, intelligent systems engineer, political and public policy engineer, mathematician, public policy analyst, political writer, former political operative, entrepreneur, former infantry officer, and civil rights activist. Solo has over 825 reviewed publications including research publications and political commentaries. Solo is the creator of multidimensional matrix mathematics and its subsets, multidimensional matrix algebra and multidimensional matrix calculus, all of which are published. Solo is the originator of public policy engineering, computational public policy, political engineering, and computational politics, all of which are published. He co-developed some of the best published methods for maintaining power flow in and multiobjective optimization of radial power distribution system operations using intelligent systems. Solo owns and operates his own engineering and math research and development companies, Maverick Trailblazers Inc.TM and Solo’s Solutions.TM Solo previously served honorably as an infantry officer (occupation) and platoon commander understudy (regiment appointment) in the Canadian Army Reserve, worked in 4 engineering and 2 nontechnical entrepreneurial positions, and worked in 17 engineering or math employee or consultant positions. Solo served on 300 international program committees for research conferences, 3 editorial advisory boards for books and journals, and 2 technical committee task forces for a professional association. He was the CEO or acting CEO for 4 geographical associations of federal and provincial political parties and was a city committee representative. Solo's primary research interests are in theory and applications of new fields, mathematics theory and applications, intelligent systems theory and applications, as well as politics and public policy. He is skilled and experienced in intelligent systems design, control systems design, digital electronics design, analog electronics design, mechatronics design, firmware design, software engineering, and DSP design. Solo was educated in electrical engineering, computer engineering, intelligent systems engineering, aerospace engineering, mathematics, physics, nutrition, exercise science, economics, entrepreneurship, etc. by University of Waterloo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Cornell University, University of Colorado Boulder, Carleton University, University of Saskatchewan, IEEE, etc. Solo was trained by Royal Canadian Regiment Battle School, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps, Canadian Army, and six private fight training clubs. Solo is a fellow of the British Computer Society. He won two outstanding achievement awards, two distinguished service awards, and three achievement awards from research conferences. He has been listed in numerous editions of Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century, Dictionary of International Biography, and Canadian Who's Who. In his spare time, Solo has become an extremely experienced civil rights activist and corruption whistleblower. He has been covered by the media hundreds of times for his civil rights and progressive activism. His activism has caused significant change in numerous organizations. Besides his activism, Solo likes doing combat sports, extreme sports, and physical training.