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: 

Small will be examining the use of old and new media in the 2011 Ontario election.

Teaching Interests: 

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

Recent Publications: 


2013.  Mind the Gaps: Canadian Perspectives on Gender and Politics. (edited by Roberta Lexier and Tamara A. Small). Fernwood Press.  http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca/Mind-the-Gaps


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.   

2009. “Still Waiting for an Internet Prime Minister: Online Campaigning by Canadian Political Parties,” Election ed Heather McIvor. Toronto: Emond Montgomery.  

2009. “Regulating Canadian Elections in the Digital Age: Approaches & Concerns.” Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy September 2009 Volume 8 Issue 3: 189-205.

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