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Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age$
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Manuel Castells and Pekka Himanen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198716082

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716082.001.0001

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Models of Development in the Global Information Age: Constructing an Analytical Framework

Models of Development in the Global Information Age: Constructing an Analytical Framework

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(p.7) Chapter 1 Models of Development in the Global Information Age: Constructing an Analytical Framework
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Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age
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Manuel Castells

Pekka Himanen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716082.003.0002

The chapter defines development in the new cultural and technological context of globalization. The chapter proposes that they key for development, understood as enhancement of human capabilities, is the synergistic interaction between informational development and human development. Informational development refers to the increase in the material wealth of societies as a result of productivity increases derived from new information and communication technologies, organizational networking and knowledge-based human resources. Human development refers both to the traditional notion of the welfare state, and to the multidimensional increase of human wellbeing, including environmental sustainability, democracy, peace, and respect for human rights. The institutional capacity to articulate the virtuous circle of interaction between informational development and human development appears to be the crucial component in inducing a new model of development that could provide at the same time better conditions of life and a more dignified life for humans.

Keywords:   informational development, human development, models of development, innovation, welfare state, sustainability, democracy, human rights, institutional effectiveness

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