China and Technical Global Internet Governance: Beijing's Approach to Multi-Stakeholder Governance within ICANN, WSIS and the IGF

China: An International Journal,Volume 12 Number 3 (December 2014): 72 – 93

22 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2014

Date Written: December 1, 2014

Abstract

Since the late 1990s, the Chinese government has engaged in a process of attempting to reform the technical global internet governance regime, which is currently dominated by the US government and non-state actors. This article aims to contribute to the literature on Beijing’s approach to this issue by providing a detailed empirical account of its involvement in a few core regime organisations. It argues that Beijing’s reform approach is guided by its domestically derived preferences for strong state authority and expanding China’s global power, but that its reform efforts are unlikely to succeed based on countervailing structural hard- and soft-power factors.

Suggested Citation

Galloway, Tristan and He, Baogang, China and Technical Global Internet Governance: Beijing's Approach to Multi-Stakeholder Governance within ICANN, WSIS and the IGF (December 1, 2014). China: An International Journal,Volume 12 Number 3 (December 2014): 72 – 93. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2532336

Tristan Galloway

Deakin University ( email )

75 Pigdons Road
Victoria, Victoria 3216
Australia

Baogang He (Contact Author)

Deakin University ( email )

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Melbourne, Victoria 3217
Australia

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