Research Handbook on Governance of the Internet
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Research Handbook on Governance of the Internet

Edited by Ian Brown

The internet is now a key part of everyday life across the developed world, and growing rapidly across developing countries. This Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the latest research on internet governance, written by the leading scholars in the field.
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Chapter 11: Revisiting policy laundering and modern international policy dynamics

Gus Hosein


One of the challenges of modern policy-making, particularly for digital issues, is that policy-making is often done by national deliberative bodies, facing a global environment. Threats and challenges that are being responded to by national policies are often due to the rise of risks and opportunities that can be enabled anywhere in the world. As academics and researchers we are accustomed to studying the policy process within a given political system. We look at a variety of issues and institutions, the actors, the stakeholders, the regulated, the regulators, and their interests. We look to the policy processes, the consultations, the consideration of various responses as policy-makers endeavour to create policy that best reflects the problems being faced and that is responsive to the consultative and deliberative processes (Baumgartner et al. 2002; Kingdon 1995). Where academic research has been lacking in studies is in investigating how the dynamic global pressures influence national policy-making (Braithwaite and Drahos 2000).

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