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Governing the Internet - A Process-Oriented Study of the Evolution of the Internet Governance Regime

Kahan-Czarny, Julia (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The main purpose of this thesis is to study the Internet governance regime. In order to achieve this, I have a theoretical and an empirical ambition. The first is to develop a process-oriented theoretical framework for studying the evolution of the Internet governance regime, which I argue is necessary in order to capture the dynamics of regime evolution. The framework is based on the structuration theory, which states that actors and structures are mutually constitutive, and theories of power affirming that the Internet technology is both a power resource and one of our globalized society's main infrastructures. The issue's politicization I aim to illustrate by outlining the ongoing normative conflict between the US and the EU and the... (More)
The main purpose of this thesis is to study the Internet governance regime. In order to achieve this, I have a theoretical and an empirical ambition. The first is to develop a process-oriented theoretical framework for studying the evolution of the Internet governance regime, which I argue is necessary in order to capture the dynamics of regime evolution. The framework is based on the structuration theory, which states that actors and structures are mutually constitutive, and theories of power affirming that the Internet technology is both a power resource and one of our globalized society's main infrastructures. The issue's politicization I aim to illustrate by outlining the ongoing normative conflict between the US and the EU and the developing countries over Internet governance. Moreover, I argue that the specific nature of the Internet technology has been important for the regime's development. The second ambition is, because of the novelty of the subject, to provide comprehensive explorative account of the Internet governance regime. I conclude that the theoretical framework is well-suited to explain the Internet governance regime and that, because of the general character of the framework, it might be able to explain other regime developments. (Less)
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author
Kahan-Czarny, Julia
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Internet governance, process, power, structuration, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
id
1328702
date added to LUP
2006-11-24
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2006-11-24
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  abstract     = {The main purpose of this thesis is to study the Internet governance regime. In order to achieve this, I have a theoretical and an empirical ambition. The first is to develop a process-oriented theoretical framework for studying the evolution of the Internet governance regime, which I argue is necessary in order to capture the dynamics of regime evolution. The framework is based on the structuration theory, which states that actors and structures are mutually constitutive, and theories of power affirming that the Internet technology is both a power resource and one of our globalized society's main infrastructures. The issue's politicization I aim to illustrate by outlining the ongoing normative conflict between the US and the EU and the developing countries over Internet governance. Moreover, I argue that the specific nature of the Internet technology has been important for the regime's development. The second ambition is, because of the novelty of the subject, to provide comprehensive explorative account of the Internet governance regime. I conclude that the theoretical framework is well-suited to explain the Internet governance regime and that, because of the general character of the framework, it might be able to explain other regime developments.},
  author       = {Kahan-Czarny, Julia},
  keyword      = {Internet governance,process,power,structuration,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Governing the Internet - A Process-Oriented Study of the Evolution of the Internet Governance Regime},
  year         = {2006},
}