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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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Sovereign Right and the Dynamics of Power in the ITU: Lessons in the Quest for Inclusive Global Governance

Sovereign Right and the Dynamics of Power in the ITU: Lessons in the Quest for Inclusive Global Governance

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Governing Global Electronic Networks
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Don MacLean

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262042512.003.0032

This chapter deals with matters of rule making, power, and resource allocation that lie at the heart of global governance. It discusses many of the thorny issues of reform in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), an organization that has long played a central role in governance but whose importance has declined over the years. It examines sovereign right and the dynamics of power in the ITU as well as the challenges facing the ITU caused by radically changing technologies and business models and proposes new avenues of reform that would, among other things, better accommodate the perspectives of non-dominant actors. In particular, it argues that the ITU must reform its governance structures so as to include representatives of the private sector, civil society organizations, and other non-state actors in decision-making processes in areas normally reserved for representatives of sovereign states.

Keywords:   rule making, power, resource allocation, global governance, reform, International Telecommunication Union, sovereign right, private sector, civil society, non-state actors

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