[Journal:] Internet Policy Review [ISSN:] 2197-6775 [Publisher:] Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society [Place:] Berlin [Volume:] 5 [Year:] 2016 [Issue:] 3 [Pages:] 1-19
The paper combines actor-network theory and interpretative policy analysis to conceptualise multistakeholder arrangements in internet governance as production sites in which heterogeneous actors engage in dynamic processes of social ordering such as shared meaning-making and coalition building. The paper draws on existing research that traces processes of social ordering at the intersection of multistakeholder settings and intergovernmental institutions, and on theoretical considerations of multistakeholder mechanisms in internet governance. By focusing on processes of discursive production, the paper adds a new perspective to the existing body of literature on science and technology studies and internet governance, and provides illustrations based on deliberations of the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation.
Actor-Network Theory Interpretative Policy Analysis Hybrid space Discourse Black box
This paper is part of "Doing internet governance: practices, controversies, infrastructures, and institutions", a Special issue of the Internet Policy Review edited by D. Epstein, C. Katzenbach and F. Musiani.