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PPR415: International Political Economy and the 'Digital Age'
The emergence of the so-called 'information age' and the introduction of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) have attracted much public and academic attention. This is reflected in a wide range of concepts related to the current period: 'globalisation', the 'new economy', 'network era', 'Gates-ism', 'Silicon Valleys', 'Wintelism', 'knowledge-driven economies' etc.
These terms not only point to the supposed arrival of a new era; they also call our attention to the changing nature of politics/political economy at global level. Accordingly the course will explore, both theoretically and empirically, the implication of the 'digital age' for:
The course has three parts.
The course is taught on the basis of ten weekly seminars, with short lectures, a 15-20 min. student presentation, and a general discussion in which all are expected to participate.
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Cox, R & Sinclair, T, Approaches to World Order
Gates, B, Business @ the Speed of Thought
Lee, G-M et al (eds), The Silicon Valley Edge
Schiller, D, Digital Capitalism
Schiller, H, Information Inequality
Rosenau, J & Singh, J (eds.), Information Technologies and Global Politics
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