Tamara A. Small

Canadian Politics
Digital politics: the role of the Internet and new information technology in Canadian politics

Professor Small’s (PhD, Queen’s University) research is focused on the use of digital technologies by Canadian political elites. In addition to conducting research on e-campaigning in the last five Canadian federal elections, she has published work on Twitter, blogging by Canadian parliamentarians and on the regulatory framework for the Internet in national and sub-national elections in Canada.

Current Project: 

Online Political Engagement and Democratic Citizenship in Canada: This SSHRC funded project explores how new digital technologies have transformed the practice of democratic citizenship in Canada. My co-investigators in this project are Harold Jansen (Lethbridge), Frédéric Bastien (Montreal), Thierry Giasson (Laval) and Royce Koop (Manitoba).  

Digital Campaigning in the 2015 Federal Election: This project seeks to assess whether the aim of Canadian digital campaigning is providing information, mobilizing supporters or interacting with voters? It focuses on the main parliamentary parties across different digital technologies.

Teaching Interests: 

Canadian politics (political parties, elections and federalism), digital politics & political communications

Recent Publications: 

2015. William Cross, Jonathan Malloy, Tamara A. Small and Laura Stephenson. Fighting for Votes: Parties, the Media and Voters in the 2011 Ontario Election. Vancouver: UBC Press.  

2014. Small, Tamara A., Harold Jansen, Frédérick Bastien, Thierry Giasson and Royce Koop. "Online Political Activity in Canada: The Hype and the Facts." Canadian Parliamentary Review. Winter, 2014 (Vol. 37 no.4).   

2014. Marland, Alex, Thierry Giasson and Tamara Small, eds. Political Communication in Canada: Meet the Press and Tweet the Rest. Vancouver: UBC Press.  

2013.  Mind the Gaps: Canadian Perspectives on Gender and Politics. (edited by Roberta Lexier and Tamara A. Small). Fernwood Press.  

2012. “e-Government in the Age of Social Media: An Analysis of the Canadian Government’s Use of Twitter.” Policy and Internet 4(3-4) pp 91–111. 

2012. “Are We Friends Yet? Relationship Marketing on the Internet.” Political Marketing in Canada: The Practice of Political Marketing and How it is Changing Canadian Democracy eds Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson and Jennifer Lees-Marshment. Vancouver: UBC Press. 

2012. “ E-ttack Politics: Negativity, the Internet & Canadian Political Parties.” How Canadians Communicate IV: Media and Politics, eds David Taras and Christopher Waddell. Athabasca University Press. 

2011. “What the Hashtag? A Content Analysis of Canadian Politics on Twitter.” Information, Communication and Society 14(6): 872-895.

2010. “Canadian Politics in 140 Characters: Party Politics in the Twitterverse.” Canadian Parliamentary Review, Fall 2010: 49 – 45.   

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