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Information Society and its Manifestations: Economy, Politics, Culture

Borut Rončević and Matevž Tomšić

The book provides a compilation of idiosyncratic manifestations of information society in techno-economic, political and cultural spheres. The contributors focus on the increasing complexity within information societies. To manage this complexity, societies develop constantly evolving context-specific modes of meta-governance. The contributions allow a better understanding of well-known conceptualizations and definitions of information society and related concepts such as post-industrial society, post-modernity, as well as network society, and knowledge society.

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Path-creation in the Information Society (Borut Rončević and Urška Fric)

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Borut Rončević and Urška FricFaculty of Information Studies in Novo mestoLjubljanska cesta 31a, p. p. 603, 8000 Novo mesto, Sloveniaborut.roncevic, urska.fric@fis.unm.si

Path-creation in the Information Society

Abstract: Although the development of successful technological latecomers is thoroughly analysed, it still leaves room for additional research, especially in the context of information societies. In this paper we analyse two successful latecomers in the information economy (Ireland and Finland) and one less successful (Slovenia). Their path-dependent development is analysed in three phases: diagnosis of their available choices and constraints; the critical strategic decision representing a strategic shift; and systemic discourse, which changed developmental trajectories of the two countries.

Keywords: path-dependency, information society, Ireland, Finland, Slovenia

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