The Fall of the Bell System: A Study in Prices and Politics

The Fall of the Bell System: A Study in Prices and Politics

by Peter Temin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521389291

ISBN-13: 9780521389297

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

AT&T's divestiture was the largest corporate reorganization in history and has had international repercussions. It was a major development in American economic policy, and a prominent part of the deregulation movement of the late 1970s. This study reveals the internal decision-making process at AT&T and explains how private and public interests combined to shape…  See more details below

Overview

AT&T's divestiture was the largest corporate reorganization in history and has had international repercussions. It was a major development in American economic policy, and a prominent part of the deregulation movement of the late 1970s. This study reveals the internal decision-making process at AT&T and explains how private and public interests combined to shape corporate and public policy in late 20th-century America. Temin weaves the strands of politics, economics, business, and law into an accessible narrative history that will be of interest to the general reader who wants to know about government business interaction and how it affects American citizens. Temin portrays divestiture as a great experiment in public policy, competition, openness, and international policy. He concludes that the experiment has been a mix of deliberate design and uncontrollable forces whose outcome was not foreseen.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521389297
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables, figures, and plates; Preface; Acknowledgments; Note on sources; Introduction; 1. Setting the stage; 2. Competition comes to the Bell System; 3. Action and reaction; 4. The conflict broadens; 5. Fighting on all fronts; 6. Reaching agreement; 7. Creating the new order; 8. Reflections; Index.

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