Professor (I School and Dept. of Political Science)
Focus: International relations, international business, and the information economy.
Steven Weber is a specialist in international relations with expertise in international and national security; the impact of technology on national systems of innovation, defense, and deterrence; and the political economy of knowledge-intensive industries particularly software and pharmaceuticals.
Trained in history and international development at Washington University, and medicine and political science at Stanford, Weber joined the Berkeley faculty in 1989. In 1992 he served as special consultant to the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. He has held academic fellowships with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is Senior Policy Advisor with the Glover Park Group in Washington DC and actively consults with government agencies, private multinational firms, and international non-governmental organizations on issues of foreign policy, risk analysis, strategy, and forecasting.
Weber’s major publications include The Success of Open Source, Cooperation and Discord in U.S.-Soviet Arms Control, and the edited book Globalization and the European Political Economy; and numerous articles and chapters in the areas of U.S. foreign policy, the political economy of trade and technology, politics of the post-Cold War world, and European integration. With colleague and co-author Bruce Jentleson at Duke, Weber directs the "New Era Foreign Policy Project". Weber and Jentleson's new book is The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas (2010)
What brought you to the I School?
I came to the I School because of my substantive interests in political economy of information-intensive production, but also because I am learning to build prototypes and experiments as a way to evaluate and test theory in the fast-evolving space that interests us.
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How to Reach Me
Office: 203B South Hall
Telephone: (510) 643-3755