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Information Society and its Manifestations: Economy, Politics, Culture

Edited By 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

1.  Introduction

The paper deals with societal communication as part of strategic processes of technological latecomers in their efforts to overcome their path-dependent relative developmental lag and join the ranks of the most competitive nations. These processes have already been well documented, but nevertheless require – in the authors’ opinions – further scrutiny, with a special view on the specifics of the information society. The issues of societal communication, social steering or ‘ideal’ modes of governance have always been in the interest of socio-economic thought, while answering the question how development should be approached: either as a self-evolving phenomenon (societal evolution, market governance) without external interventions or as an area governed through top-down (hierarchical governance) or concerted efforts and stimuli (networked governance). The...

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