1st Edition

Digital International Relations Technology, Agency and Order

Edited By Corneliu Bjola, Markus Kornprobst Copyright 2024
    312 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    312 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book analyses how digital transformation disrupts established patterns of world politics, moving International Relations (IR) increasingly towards Digital International Relations.

    This volume examines technological, agential and ordering processes that explain this fundamental change. The contributors trace how digital disruption changes the international world we live in, ranging from security to economics, from human rights advocacy to deep fakes, and from diplomacy to international law. The book makes two sets of contributions. First, it shows that the ongoing digital revolution profoundly changes every major dimension of international politics. Second, focusing on the interplay of technology, agency and order, it provides a framework for explaining these changes. The book also provides a map for adjusting the study of international politics to studying International Relations, making a case for upgrading, augmenting and rewiring the discipline. Theory follows practice in International Relations, but if the discipline wants to be able to meaningfully analyse the present and come up with plausible scenarios for the future, it must not lag too far behind major transformations of the world that it studies. This book facilitates that theoretical journey.

    This book will be of much interest to students of cyber-politics, politics and technology, and International Relations.

    Introducing Digital International Relations: Technology, Agency and Order

    Markus Kornprobst & Corneliu Bjola

    Part I: Revisiting Core Concepts 

    1. The Distribution of Power, Security, and Interconnectedness: The Structure of Digital International Relations

    Richard Harknett

    2. The State in the Digital Era: Supreme or in Decline?

    Lucas Kello

    3. Rise of the Nerd: Knowledge, Power and International Relations in a Digital World

    Giampiero Giacomello & Johan Eriksson

    Part II: Agential Processes

    4. Can you Trust in Zoom? Bonds and Trust in Digital Spaces

    Marcus Holmes & Nicholas J. Wheeler

    5. Metrodiplomacy: The Rise of Digital Urban Networks

    Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook

    6. Sticking to the State? Transnational Advocacy Networks in the Digital Era

    Nina Hall

    Part III: Ordering Processes

    7. Algorithmic Security and Conflict in a Datafied World

    Claudia Aradau

    8. The International Political Economy of the Digital (Revolution)

    Miguel Otero-Iglesias

    9. The Social Media Revolution, the Potential for Radical Democratization and Shifts in the Climate Change Discourse

    Alena Drieschova

    10. Digital Diplomacy, Governance and International Law

    Victoria Baines


    Corneliu Bjola & Markus Kornprobst


    Corneliu Bjola is Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies at the University of Oxford, UK.

    Markus Kornprobst is a Professor of International Relations at the Vienna School of International Studies, Austria.

    'This book breaks new ground at the crossroads of International Relations Theory and Technology. Comprehensive, theoretically original, and conceptually sophisticated, yet highly accessible, the book thoroughly describes and explains the digital revolution’s broad and profound disruptive impact on international politics, human and algorithmic agency, and world order. Equally important, it will inspire new ways to theorize and research the rapidly and genuinely reconceptualized discipline of Digital International Relations.'

    Emanuel Adler, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Bronfman Chair Emeritus of Israeli Studies, University of Toronto, Canada

    'This edited volume furthers the debate on digitalization and digital technologies in international relations, exploring a range of themes and issues that shape how world politics is conducted in years to come. The book brings together key scholars and insightful conversations, making a much-needed move to begin addressing what ‘the digital’ means for theories and practices of international relations.'

    Rebecca Adler-Nissen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark