Global Communication and Transnational Public Spheres

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Information and communication technologies (ICT) enable citizens to communicate across state borders with greater ease than ever before, exciting much speculation about the emergence of transnational public spheres. This highly original work introduces this debate to International Relations, by investigating the socio-political implications of ICT in a global governance framework. Classic Habermasian theory is radically reconstructed to take account of contemporary trends in state sovereignty and global civil society. It is argued that if access is not widened and free speech not sufficiently protected, the early promise of ICT as a liberating force will be neutralized.

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"Communication is central to world politics yet curiously neglected in much of the orthodox study of international relations. Angela Crack’s work redresses that neglect making a compelling argument for taking new communication technologies seriously and their potential for mediating a more progressive global politics"-- Tony McGrew, Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton,United Kingdom

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Angela Crack is Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.

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Table of Contents

Introducing Transnational Public Spheres to International Relations
• Reconstructing Habermasian Public Sphere Theory * Contending Theories of Transnational Public Spheres: Propositions for an Alternative Analytical Framework * The Information Age: Transborder Communicative Capacity * The Rise of Global Governance: Transformations in Sites of Political Authority * Global Civil Society: Transnational Networks of Mutual Affinity

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