In this chapter, I argue that we need to re-consider the role of the state in global Internet governance—a crucial domain of today’s international communication—by using China as an example. I first offer a historical review of the “rise and fall” of the state in the scholarly discussion in international communication. I then discuss how the role of the state has recently become a highly contentious analytical category in the subfield of global Internet governance. Finally, I briefly trace China’s participation in global Internet policymaking in the past three decades to illustrate the complicated role of the state and call for more nuanced scholarly inquiry.
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Shen, H. (2022). A New Perspective on the Importance of the State in Global Internet Governance: Tracing China’s Participation. In: Ganter, S.A., Badr, H. (eds) Media Governance. Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research - A Palgrave and IAMCR Series. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-05020-6_10
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