Launching into Cyberspace explores the Internet as an increasingly important variable in the study of comparative politics and international relations in diverse national settings. Focusing on Africa, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, China, and India, Franda examines the extent to which Internet development has (or has not) taken place and the relationship between that development and the conduct of international relations. His case studies - incorporating an analysis of such wide-ranging variables as language and literacy, cultural values, political parties, leadership, and the availability of capital and technological expertise - also illuminate policy processes in differing political systems. Franda provides new insights into the diffusion of the international Internet regime from its original moorings in the U.S., western Europe, and Japan and, especially, to the understanding of Internet development as a major issue on the global policy agenda. Franda examines the extent to which Internet development has (or has not) taken place in a range of national settings, as well as the relationship between that development and the conduct of international relations. 4/01
Marcus Franda is professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. His numerous publications include Governing the Internet: The Emergence of an International Regime.
Introduction: The Internet and World Politics. Thin Cyberspace in Africa and the LDCs. Internet Cultures in Israel and the Arab World. The Middle East and the Global Internet Regime. Information Technology and Political Cultures in Eurasia. The Political Economy of the Internet in Eastern Europe. Internet Politics in the Former Soviet Union and Other Central/Eastern European States. China and India as Potential Internet Superpowers. The Internet in Comparative International Perspective.