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The Quiet Politics of Internet governance and the Business Stakeholder Groups - a hegemonic power perspective

The Quiet Politics of Internet governance and the Business Stakeholder Groups - a hegemonic power perspective

Van Klyton, Aaron, Arrieta Paredes, Mary-Paz ORCID: 0000-0001-5632-394X, Rutabayiro Ngoga, Said and Soomaree, Ayush (2020) The Quiet Politics of Internet governance and the Business Stakeholder Groups - a hegemonic power perspective. [Working Paper] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Interorganisational governance of the Internet is a responsibility shared across multiple stakeholders presumably with an interest in facilitating a free and open Internet. This research examines the relationship between the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and three business stakeholder groups participating in the multistakeholder model of Internet governance. We argue that participatory forms of quiet politics produce a particular form of power within Internet governance that ultimately benefits ICANN. Using textual linguistic analysis on meetings transcripts, we operationalise hegemony as a dependent variable by linking stakeholder participation to the Internet governance policy-making agenda. We identify a ‘master variable’ that characterises the tone and rhetoric of the data, then apply statistical methods to construct a model with hegemony. Structural Equation and Panel Data models are used to measure variation across the three groups of business stakeholders to understand how hegemony is produced. Findings reveal that the business stakeholders’ use of language that expresses hesitation and uncertainty, without flexibility or complexity facilitates and in fact perpetuates a power asymmetry that theoretically would benefit ICANN.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hegemony, Gramsci, Internet Governance, DICTION 7.0, Quiet Politics, and Participatory Evangelism
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Faculty of Business > Institute of Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability (IPEGFA)
Faculty of Business > Institute of Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability (IPEGFA) > Centre for Governance, Risk & Accountability (CGRA)
Last Modified: 06 May 2020 22:57
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 4
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28049

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