Information Technologies and Global Politics: The Changing Scope of Power and Governance / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- State University of New York Press
Examines how information technologies may be shifting power and authority away from the state.
Returning to the fundamentals of political science, namely power and governance, this book studies the relationship between information technologies and global politics. Key issue-areas are carefully examined: security (including information warfare and terrorism); global consumption and production; international telecommunications; culture and identity formation; human rights; humanitarian assistance; the environment; and biotechnology. Each demonstrates the validity of the view now prevalent within international relations researchthe shifting of power and the locus of authority away from the state. Three major conclusions are offered. First, the nation-state must now confront, support, or coexist with other international actors: non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations; multinational corporations; transnational social movements; and individuals. Second, our understanding of instrumental and structural powers must be reconfigured to account for digital information technologies. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, information technologies are now reconstituting actor identities and issues.
About the Author
James N. Rosenau is University Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University, and the author of many books, including Along the Domestic-Foreign Frontier: Exploring Governance in a Turbulent World, Turbulence in World Politics, and (with Mary Durfee) Thinking Theory Thoroughly: Coherent Approaches to an Incoherent World.
J. P. Singh is Assistant Professor of Communication, Culture, and Technology at Georgetown University, and the author of Leapfrogging Development?: The Political Economy of Telecommunications Restructuring, also published by SUNY Press.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables
I. Introduction: Information Technologies and the Changing Scope of Global Powers and Governance
J. P. Singh
2. Global Networks and Their Impacts
Part I: The Changing Scope of Power
3. Public Eyes: Satellite Imagery, The Globalization of Transparency, and New Networks of Surveillance
4. Informational Meta-Technologies in International Relations, and Genetic Power: The Case of Bio-Technologies
Part II: The Changing Scope of Power and Governance
5. Circuits of Power: Security in the Internet Environment
Ronald J. Deibert
6. The Global Political Economy of Wintelism: A New Mode of Power and Governance in the Global Computer Industry
Sangbae Kim and Jeffrey A. Hart
7. New Technologies and Consumption: Contradictions in the Emerging World Center
Part III: Governance in Telecommunications
8. Capitalism, Technology, and Liberalization: The International Telecommunications Regime, 18651998
Mark W. Zacher
9. Understanding Shifts in the Form and Scope of Telecommunications Governance: Canada and the United States in the 20th Century
Stephen D. McDowell
10. Negotiating Regime Change: The Weak, the Strong, and the WTO Telecom Accord
J. P. Singh
11. Information Technologies and the Skills, Networks, and Structures that Sustain World Affairs
James N. Rosenau
List of Contributors