Steven Weber (professor)

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Steven Weber is a professor at the School of Information and the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds an M.D. and a Ph.D in political science from Stanford University.

He is the author of several books about international politics and economics. He is also the editor of Globalization and the European Political Economy (Columbia University Press, 2000). Perhaps his most well-known book is The Success of Open Source, on the economy and motivations behind open source and free software. There he proposes the concept of anti-rival goods.

He has advanced the hypothesis that the concept of the "nation state" is an inadvertent product of 15th-century advances in map-making technologies.[1][2]


  1. ^ "How Maps Made the World". Wilson Quarterly. Summer 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2011. "Source: 'Mapping the Sovereign State: Technology, Authority, and Systemic Change' by Jordan Branch, in International Organization, Volume 65, Issue 1, Winter 2011" 
  2. ^ Branch, Jordan Nathaniel; advisor, Steven Weber (2011). "Mapping the Sovereign State: Cartographic Technology, Political Authority, and Systemic Change" (Ph.D.). Publication Number 3469226. University of California, Berkeley. pp. 1–36. doi:10.1017/S0020818310000299. Retrieved March 5, 2012. "Abstract: How did modern territorial states come to replace earlier forms of organization, defined by a wide variety of territorial and non-territorial forms of authority? Answering this question can help to explain both where our international political system came from and where it might be going...." 


  • Cooperation and Discord in U.S.—Soviet Arms Control (Princeton Press, 1991) a
  • The Success of Open Source (Harvard University Press, 2004) ISBN 0-674-01858-3

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