The Multistakeholder Model in Global Technology Governance: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

38 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2013

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Nanette S. Levinson

American University - School of International Service

Date Written: 2013


This paper examines two key but often overlooked analytic dimensions related to global technology governance: the roles of culture and cross-cultural communication processes and the broader framework of Multistakeholderism. Each of these dimensions has a growing tradition of research/conceptual frameworks that can inform the analysis of Internet governance and related complex and power-related processes that may be present in a multistakeholder setting. The use of the term ‘multistakeholder’ itself has grown exponentially in discussing Internet governance and related governance domains; yet there are few rigorous studies within Internet governance that treat actual multistakeholder processes, especially from a cross-cultural and comparative perspective.

Using research on cross-cultural communication and related factors (at small group, occupational, organizational, interorganizational or cross- sector, national, regional levels), this paper provides and uses an analytic framework, especially for the 2012 WCIT and 2013 WSIS 10 and World Telecommunications Policy Forum that goes beyond the rhetoric of ‘multistakeholder’ as a term. It includes an examination of variables found to be important in studies from environmental governance, public administration, and private sector partnership domains including trust, absorptive capacity, and power in knowledge transfer processes.

Keywords: internet governance, knowledge transfer, culture, environmental governance, public administration, multistakeholderism

JEL Classification: 019, 030, Z10

Suggested Citation

Levinson, Nanette S., The Multistakeholder Model in Global Technology Governance: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (2013). APSA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper, American Political Science Association 2013 Annual Meeting, Available at SSRN:

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