Steven Weber
Professor of Political Science and School of Information
Department of Political Science, School of Information
(510) 643-3755

Research Expertise and Interest

political science, international security, international political economy, information science


Professor Weber's areas of special interest include international political economy, political and social change in the information intensive economy, and the political economy of globalization with special attention to knowledge intensive industries (software, pharmaceuticals). He has held academic fellowships with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He served as special consultant to the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, and actively works with US and other government agencies on foreign policy issues, risk analysis, and forecasting.His publications include Cooperation and Discord in U.S.-Soviet Arms Control, the edited book Globalization and The European Political Economy ; numerous articles and chapters in the areas of U.S. foreign policy, the political economy of trade and finance, politics of the post-Cold War world, and European integration. His current research interests focus on changes in the business cycle and implications for firms and governments, the evolution of international organizations, and the political economy of knowledge-based industries and open-source software models. His most recent books are The Success of Open Source (2004); The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas (2010); and Deviant Globalization: Black Market Economy in the 21st Century (2011).

In Research News

November 18, 2014

UC Berkeley’s new Center for Long-Term CyberSecurity will map out what the cybersecurity problem will mean a few years down the road, and to stimulate interdisciplinary research efforts that will make a difference in resolving the threat.

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