Political advertising revisited: digital campaigning and protecting democratic discourse

Harker, Michael ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8410-1279 (2020) Political advertising revisited: digital campaigning and protecting democratic discourse. Legal Studies, 40 (1). pp. 151-171. ISSN 0261-3875

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This paper is concerned with the legal and regulatory control of electoral campaigning online, in particular 'microtargeting'. There has been a longstanding consensus in the UK on how to control political advertising, yet the shift of expenditure to the online environment, together with innovations in digital campaigning tools, are exposing tensions and gaps in the current regime. One central harm associated with microtargeting is its potential to undermine meaningful democratic deliberation. The paper interrogates the issues through the lens of electoral law and regulation, and questions the extent to which a recalibration is necessary to deal with the challenges of digital campaigning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: public law,political advertising,microtargeting,electoral law
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2019 15:30
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 05:03
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/71774
DOI: 10.1017/lst.2019.24

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