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Technology, Development, and Democracy

Juliann Emmons Allison
Price: $ 25.95

Technology, Development, and Democracy examines the growing role of the Internet in international affairs, from a source of mostly officially sanctioned information, to a venue where knowledge is often merged with political propaganda, rhetoric and innuendo. The Internet not only provides surfers with up-to-the-minute stories, including sound and visual images, and opportunities to interact with one another and experts on international issues, but also enables anyone with access to a computer, modem, and telephone line to influence international affairs directly. What does this portend for the future of international politics? The contributors respond by providing theoretical perspectives and empirical analyses for understanding the impact of the communications revolution on international security, the world political economy, human rights, and gender relations. Internet technologies are evaluated as sources of change or continuity, and as contributors to either conflict or cooperation among nations. While the Internet and its related technologies hold no greater, certain prospect for positive change than previous technological advances, they arguably do herald significant advances for democracy, the democratization process, and international peace.

Contributors include Juliann Emmons Allison, Janni Aragon, Matthew Baum, David Johnson, Christopher Kedzie, Ali Mazrui, Robert L. Ostergard Jr., David L. Richards Jr., James N. Rosenau, Cherie Steele, Arthur Stein, Deborah Stienstra, and Frank Webster.

Juliann Emmons Allison is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California.

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