Platform Advocacy and the Threat to Deliberative Democracy

Abbey Stemler, Platform Advocacy and the Threat to Deliberative Democracy, 77 MD. L. REV. 101 (2018).

Kelley School of Business Research Paper No. 17-62

42 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2017 Last revised: 20 Jan 2019

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Abbey Stemler

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Business Law

Date Written: January 14, 2019

Abstract

Businesses have long tried to influence political outcomes, but today, there is a new and potent form of corporate political power—Platform Advocacy. Internet-based platforms, such as Facebook, Google, and Uber, mobilize their user bases through direct solicitation of support and the more troubling exploitation of irrational behavior. Platform Advocacy helps platforms push policy agendas that create favorable legal environments for themselves, thereby strengthening their own dominance in the marketplace. This new form of advocacy will have radical effects on deliberative democracy.

In the age of constant digital noise and uncertainty, it is more important than ever to detect and analyze new forms of political power. This Article will contribute to our understand-ing of one such new form and provide a way forward to ensure the exceptional power of platforms do not improperly influence consumers and, by extension, lawmakers.

Keywords: Sharing Economy, Innovation Law, Deliberative Democracy, Internet, Platforms, Grassroots Lobbying, Astroturfing, First Amendment, Lobbying Disclosure, Behavioral Public Choice

Suggested Citation

Stemler, Abbey, Platform Advocacy and the Threat to Deliberative Democracy (January 14, 2019). Abbey Stemler, Platform Advocacy and the Threat to Deliberative Democracy, 77 MD. L. REV. 101 (2018).; Kelley School of Business Research Paper No. 17-62. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3024069

Abbey Stemler (Contact Author)

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Business Law ( email )

Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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