The MoveOn effect: The unexpected transformation of American political advocacy

Karpf, D.
256 Seiten, ISBN 978-0199898381,
New York, NY: Oxford University Press 2012

The Internet is facilitating a generational transition within America’s advocacy group system. New „netroots“ political associations have arisen in the past decade and play an increasingly prominent role in citizen political mobilization. At the same time, the organizations that mediate citizen political engagement and sustained collective action are changing. They rely upon modified staff structures and work routines. They employ novel strategies and tactical repertoires. Rather than „organizing without organizations,“ the new media environment has given rise to „organizing through different organizations.“
The MoveOn Effect provides a richly detailed analysis of this disruptive transformation. It highlights changes in membership and fundraising regimes – established industrial patterns of supporter interaction and revenue streams – that were pioneered by and have spread broadly within the advocacy system. Through interviews, content analysis, and direct observation of the leading netroots organizations, the book offers fresh insights into 21st century political organizing.

The book highlights important variations among the new organizations – including internet-mediated issue generalists like MoveOn, community blogs like, and neo-federated groups like It also explores a wider set of netroots infrastructure organizations that provide supporting services to membership-based advocacy associations.
The rise of the political netroots has had a distinctly partisan character: conservatives have repeatedly tried and failed to build equivalents to the organizations and infrastructure of the progressive netroots.

Zitation (APA)

Karpf, D. (2012). The MoveOn effect: The unexpected transformation of American political advocacy New York, NY: Oxford University Press.