The Making of a Digital World
About the book
Providing a unique, empirically based perspective on the past and future development of globalization as a long-term process emerging in different parts of the world, this book puts current changes in a historical context in a systematic fashion, unpacking the global political, economic, social, and cultural implications of this change. It traces the resemblance of past commercial networks with emerging digital networks and contrasts them with industrial production systems.
This book offers a unique perspective on current social changes changes on a global scale. Describing globalization as a long-term process of intertwined technological, economic, political, and cultural changes, the author identifies distinct phases in the global system development, and concludes that the pattern of change continues even with the rise of new digital technologies.
World system development as a complex system
Making of a Digital World develops a model of world system development as a complex adaptive social system that takes into account past historical trajectories as well as possible new developments with a special focus on the rise of the digital infosphere as a new global “space domain.”
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- One: Thinking about Globalization—an Introduction
- Two: An Evolutionary Theory of Globalization
- Three: Drivers of Global Change—Leading Sectors of the Informational Network Economy
- Four: Drivers of Leading Sector Change—the Role of States, Organizations, and Individuals
- Five: Drivers of Leading Actor Change—Interstate Rivalry at the Systemic Level
- Six: The Continuation of Change of the Global Complex System—an Outlook on Its Future Development
Videos from a Q&A session with management students in Brazil.
“Its clear and engaging style, coupled with its unique empirical analysis of theory, makes this book worth a read for anyone interested in globalization theory and political economics.”
— Kosal, M. E. and Cole, K. (2009). IPE’s Darwin on globalization and technology: Review of “Making of a digital world”. International Studies Review, 11(2):365–367. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2486.2009.00854.x
Read the full review at ISR.
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- The making of a global system: Towards a general theory of international relations [Paper presentation]
- The future of hegemony and global system leadership [Paper presentation]
- The new new thing: Technological styles as creators of globalization [Paper presentation]
- The making of a digital world: the evolution of technological change and how it shaped our world