Palgrave Studies in International Relations

Power, Information Technology, and International Relations Theory

The Power and Politics of US Foreign Policy and the Internet

Authors: McCarthy, D.

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This book examines the internet as a form of power in global politics. Focusing on the United States' internet foreign policy, McCarthy combines analyses of global material culture and international relation theory, to reconsider how technology is understood as a form of social power.

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Daniel R. McCarthy is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has previously taught at Aberystwyth University, the University of Sussex, and the London School of Economics.

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"A brilliant exercise in the crossroads of international relations and science and technology studies. McCarthy deftly analyses the Internet's rhetoric of structure as a product and instrument of US foreign policy. Cooly interdisciplinary, McCarthy's study is socially relevant and intellectually rigorous." - Professor Monroe Price, Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania, USA

"Who controls the global communications infrastructure controls the conduct of international relations. This welcome volume shows how central this control is to US foreign policy and why rival states and activists are so keen to contest it. Technology and power were at the heart of early International Relations theory. McCarthy brings them back." - Professor Ben O'Loughlin, author of Strategic Narratives: Communication Power and the New World Order

"Daniel R. McCarthy's book constitutes a timely and refreshing step forward as it illuminates our understanding of how digital communications technologies, foreign policy, and structural power are inter-related. For him, the ways in which most US officials and IR theorists have conceptualized the Internet and related developments reflect a dubious sense of historical inevitability and a kind of technological rationality. Through his critique McCarthy highlights the unequal capacities of those involved in the Internet's construction alongside its entrenchment as a form of institutional power. In sum, this important book should be read by IR theorists, foreign policy analysts, and anyone else concerned about the often ignored ideological and structural implications of the Internet and still broader policy questions concerning this technology-cum-institution." - Professor Edward A. Comor, University of Western Ontario, Canada

"Daniel McCarthy has written an intellectually provocative and empirically rich account of the role of technology in International Relations, with a specific focus on the role of American structural power. Timely, clearly written, and widely engaging, McCarthy puts forward a sophisticated theoretical treatment, which prompts us to think of technology as 'institutions' and as products of social power rather than instrumentalist artefacts or deterministic forces beyond human control. Students of Internet politics would find in this book a rewarding historical and theoretical framework to help illuminate the ongoing debates about surveillance, privacy, and the future of global networks." - Ronald J. Deibert, Professor of Political Science and Director, the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Power, Information Technology, and International Relations Theory
Book Subtitle
The Power and Politics of US Foreign Policy and the Internet
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in International Relations
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-30690-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137306906
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-30689-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-45525-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 220
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