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Information Technology and Global Governance

Transnational Advocacy Networks in the Information Society

Partners or Pawns?

Authors: Cogburn, Derrick L.

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  • Illustrates the fundamental changes of the information society, and how they necessitate the involvement of civil society and other non-state actors in global governance practices
  • Combines substantial qualitative and quantitative data into comparative case studies of international global governance conferences and policy procedures
  • Argues for continued importance and resilience of international regime theory as a conceptual framework in the information society
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This book examines the role of transnational advocacy networks in enabling effective participation for individual citizens in the deliberative processes of global governance. Contextualized around the international conference setting of the United Nations-sponsored World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2003 and 2005, the book sees epistemic communities and information and communication technologies (ICTs) as critical to the effectiveness of this important organizational form. Historically, governments have dominated the official “conference diplomacy” surrounding these World Summits. However, reflecting the UN General Assembly resolution authorizing WSIS, transnational civil society and private sector organizations were invited to participate as official partners in a multistakeholder dialogue at the summit alongside the more traditional governments and international organizations. This book asks: are transnational advocacy networks active in the global information society influential partners in these global governance processes, or merely symbolic tokens—or pawns? Cogburn explores the factors that enabled some networks—such as the Internet Governance Caucus—to persist and thrive, while others failed, and sees linkages with epistemic communities—such as the Global Internet Governance Academic Network—and ICTs as critical to network effectiveness.

About the authors

 Derrick L. Cogburn is Professor of International Communication and International Development in the School of International Service and Professor of Information Technology & Analytics in the Kogod School of Business at American University. He is founding Executive Director of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) and COTELCO: The Collaboration Laboratory, and is Co-Director of the Internet Governance Lab. He is past president of the Information Technology & Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and of the International Communication of the International Studies Association (ISA).

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Multistakeholderism and Contestation in the Global Governance of the Information Society

    Cogburn, Derrick L.

    Pages 3-21

  • Contending Perspectives on Multistakeholder Global Governance: Theory, Conceptual Framework, Data, and Methods

    Cogburn, Derrick L.

    Pages 23-49

  • From NWICO to Global eCommerce: Telecommunications Restructuring and the GII

    Cogburn, Derrick L.

    Pages 53-92

  • ISOC, ICANN, and Experiments in Multistakeholder Global Internet Governance

    Cogburn, Derrick L.

    Pages 93-126

  • World Summit on the Information Society: Catalyst for Transnational Advocacy and a Milestone for Multistakeholder Global Governance

    Cogburn, Derrick L.

    Pages 129-175

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eBook $24.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-48361-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.99
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-1-349-69687-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transnational Advocacy Networks in the Information Society
Book Subtitle
Partners or Pawns?
Authors
Series Title
Information Technology and Global Governance
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48361-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-48361-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-69687-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXI, 337
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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