Social Media and Democracy


Publish Date:
September 3, 2020
Cambridge University Press
Book, Whole
  • Nathaniel Persily & Joshua A. Tucker, Social Media and Democracy (, 2020).


The volumes in the series further ask how particular policy challenges shape the character
of democratic institutions and collective actors, and affect their capacity to address large
problems in the public interest. These challenges include, but are not limited to: (1) designing
democratic institutions to perform successfully under conditions of social and political
polarization; (2) managing and orienting contemporary capitalism and alleviating hierarchies
of inequality; (3) addressing questions of membership, including population movements and
differentiated citizenship; (4) choosing policies to balance national security and civil liberty;
(5) exploring the effects of global climate on citizens and the human impact on the
environment; (6) managing the development of media and information technologies to
ensure they enhance, rather than degrade, robust pluralism and civil political engagement.