Society, Economy, and Politics In the Era of Digital Platforms

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Platform Society, Platform Capitalism, Digital Transformation, platform studies, big data


One of the most salient characteristics of contemporary capitalism is the rise of digital platforms. Virtually all aspects of social and economic life are subject to the multi-dimensional impacts of platforms. These developments have led to a new and fruitful research agenda under the rubric of platform studies. This article aims to present an overall assessment on the ongoing debates concerning the determinants, scope and contours of platformization. This assessment proceeds on the axis of the mainstream approach informed by neoclassical economics versus the critical approach informed by critical political economy. In this vein, main arguments of the two approaches are evaluated concerning the impact of platformization on four major areas: the political realm, industrial organization and labor process, cultural production, and the urban realm. The article argues for the primacy of the critical approach in terms of offering an analytical and historical framework on the dynamics of the rise of platforms, realistically evaluating the challenges and engendering probable future projections. Further research on the repercussions of the concerned issues in Turkey and the world may provide significant contributions to the extant literature.   


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YEŞİLBAĞ, M. (2022). Society, Economy, and Politics In the Era of Digital Platforms. POSSEIBLE, 11(2), 186–209.