Conversations with History: Institute
of International Studies, UC Berkeley
This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations
with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public
Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.
Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute
of International Studies. Our guest today is Steven Weber, who is Professor
of Political Science at U.C. Berkeley. His publications include Cooperation
and Discord in U.S. - Soviet Arms Control; the edited volume, Globalization
and the European Political Economy; and forthcoming from Harvard University
Press, The Success of Open Source.
- Background ... influence of hometown
community ... education ... from history to medical school to political science
- Being a Political Scientist ...
focus on the collective good ... influence of Alex George ... Robert Axelrod
... arms control case study ... follow your passion ... focus on ideas ...
thinking about the future ... understanding the driving forces that shape
politics ... using the indeterminacy of future to open people's minds ...
exercises for the imagination
- Political Alternatives in the Information
Age ... interest in Linux operating system development ... different
approach to property rights ... open source ecology ... "writing a constitution"
on the Internet ... applying Alex George's methodology to understand Internet
communities ... applicability of open source model ... interaction between
networked and hierarchical organizations
- Implications for Power in the Post-9/11
World ... redefining power ... motivation ... distributed innovation
... scaling John Stuart Mill ... changing how international relations are
conceived ... what needs to be researched ... case of al Qaeda ... problem
of international inequality ... window of opportunity ... leadership and vision
- Conclusion ... thinking critically
See Professor Weber's Politics
and Economics Blog
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