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The European Union, multilateralism and the global governance of the Internet

Christou, G and Simpson, S 2011, 'The European Union, multilateralism and the global governance of the Internet' , Journal of European Public Policy, 18 (2) , pp. 241-257.

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    Whilst the global governance architecture of the Internet has evolved at pace in the last 10 years, the European Union’s (EU) role and influence in its development has been relatively understudied. This article contributes to closing this gap in the literature through an exposition of how the EU has sought to shape the emerging environment for Internet governance in the context of its quest for ‘effective multilateralism’. It identifies the type of multilateral governance that the EU has projected for the Internet globally and analyses how it has sought to do this through its interaction with key global Internet fora. It argues that the EU’s own self-defined role as a leader with a clear, preferred model for Internet governance contrasts with several constraints and contradictions faced in becoming an effective multilateral actor in this area.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media > Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of European Public Policy
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1350-1763
    Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
    Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2011 12:14
    Last Modified: 31 Jul 2014 14:06

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