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Governing Global Electronic NetworksInternational Perspectives on Policy and Power$
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William J. Drake and Ernest J. Wilson III

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262042512

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262042512.001.0001

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The Ambiguities of Participation in the Global Governance of Electronic Networks: Implications for South Africa and Lessons for Developing Countries

The Ambiguities of Participation in the Global Governance of Electronic Networks: Implications for South Africa and Lessons for Developing Countries

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(p.463) 13 The Ambiguities of Participation in the Global Governance of Electronic Networks: Implications for South Africa and Lessons for Developing Countries
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Governing Global Electronic Networks
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Tracy Cohen

Alison Gillwald

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262042512.003.0353

This chapter explores the ambiguities of participation in the global governance of electronic networks within the highly politically charged context of post-apartheid South Africa. It looks at South Africa’s participation in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) and shows how developing countries’ influence in governance processes can be rendered ineffective by international power dynamics and institutional factors in combination with domestic conditions. It also explains how efficiency gains can be achieved at the international level by transforming the global governance of electronic networks and identifying areas requiring regulation to create a fairer competitive global playing field. It argues that these efficiency gains, in turn, could lead to a more effective, participatory, and representative international governance mechanism genuinely capable of contributing to sustainable development within the information and communications technology sector.

Keywords:   global governance, electronic networks, South Africa, International Telecommunication Union, World Trade Organization, developing countries, sustainable development, information and communications technology

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