The Emergence of Contention in Global Internet Governance

Global Commission on Internet Governance Paper Series, No. 17

28 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2015 Last revised: 7 Aug 2015

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Samantha Bradshaw

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Laura DeNardis

American University; Yale Information Society Project

Fen Osler Hampson

Carleton University

Eric Jardine

Virginia Tech

Mark Raymond

University of Oklahoma

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Date Written: July 22, 2015

Abstract

Internet governance has rapidly shifted from a technocratic area of governance to one characterized by considerable contention. This shift is unprecedented among the large and increasing number of technocratic regimes essential to contemporary global governance and is, therefore, of broader interest and significance beyond Internet governance scholars and practitioners. This paper draws on international relations (IR) theory to argue that the emergence of contention in Internet governance entails a twofold shift in the nature of the problems posed by Internet governance. First, cooperation problems have emerged where few previously existed. Second, existing coordination problems have become increasingly difficult to manage as a result of a rapidly increasing number of players and heightened distributional consequences. The paper further provides four complementary explanations for the shift in the underlying problem structure: extrinsic uncertainty, changing market conditions, declining US dominance in the Internet governance system and social processes of institutional change and regime complex formation.

Keywords: Internet governance, ICANN, international relations theory, Internet economy

Suggested Citation

Bradshaw, Samantha and DeNardis, Laura and Hampson, Fen Osler and Jardine, Eric and Raymond, Mark, The Emergence of Contention in Global Internet Governance (July 22, 2015). Global Commission on Internet Governance Paper Series, No. 17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2634604 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2634604

Samantha Bradshaw

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) ( email )

57 Erb Street West
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Canada

Laura DeNardis

American University ( email )

4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States

Yale Information Society Project ( email )

127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
United States

Fen Osler Hampson

Carleton University ( email )

Eric Jardine (Contact Author)

Virginia Tech ( email )

57 Erb Street West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 6C2
Canada

Mark Raymond

University of Oklahoma ( email )

729 Elm Ave.
Norman, OK 73019
United States
4053253533 (Phone)

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