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Between Hierarchies and MarketsThe Logic and Limits of Network Forms of Organization$
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Grahame F. Thompson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198775270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198775270.001.0001

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Networks and the International System

Networks and the International System

(p.189) 7 Networks and the International System
Between Hierarchies and Markets

Grahame F. Thompson (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter extends the analysis of networks explicitly to the international sphere by addressing the whole area of information and communications technology (ICT) and networks and particularly how they are argued to be radically transforming the nature of international relations, organised under the conceptual umbrella term of ‘globalisation’. The internationalisation of ‘production networks’ and how these are also argued to be recasting the nature of global economic relationships are also discussed. Both of these aspects to international networks are critically analysed. The relationship between national and international networking as well as the relationship between networks and other mechanisms of socio-economic coordination and governance is reviewed. The role of the Internet and the World Wide Web in reshaping the whole nature of domestic and international social and economic relationships is discussed, along with the notion of value chains or commodity chains as networks and the role of networks in the governance of the international system.

Keywords:   networks, information and communications technology, international relations, globalisation, international networks, international system, governance, Internet, value chains

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