One of the core activities of CCCE is tracking and studying various issue campaigns. We are particularly interested in campaigns that redefine the boundaries of traditional politics and communication. For example, many of the political issues that engage citizens today involve broad coalitions of both traditional political organizations and direct activist groups and networks. Such campaigns combine conventional citizen activities such as voting and contacting government officials with direct action such as boycotts, public information campaigns, and the use of the Internet for educational and movement mobilizing purposes.

Many of these campaigns are also transforming the traditional geographic locations of politics from nations and particular institutional jurisdictions within them, to more fluid arenas of politics ranging from the local neighborhood to global action networks. We are interested in understanding how traditional and direct citizen action work together, and how new communication media such as the Internet shape the course of these campaigns.