Public Service Liberalism: Telecommunications and Transitions in Public Policy

Public Service Liberalism: Telecommunications and Transitions in Public Policy

by Alan Stone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691078777

ISBN-13: 9780691078779

Pub. Date: 06/21/1991

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Identifying a form of government intervention in social and economic affairs called public service liberalism, Alan Stone looks to that ideology to confront the problems of the 1990s and beyond. He shows in this fascinating case study that the policy has been effective in the past: the American telephone industry from its inception until 1934 is an illustration

Overview

Identifying a form of government intervention in social and economic affairs called public service liberalism, Alan Stone looks to that ideology to confront the problems of the 1990s and beyond. He shows in this fascinating case study that the policy has been effective in the past: the American telephone industry from its inception until 1934 is an illustration of how public service liberalism served both economic efficiency and a complex structure of public values. Stone depicts the stages by which public service liberalism was replaced by less adequate policies and suggests ways that it could be successfully restored. Furthermore, Stone demonstrates that government-business relationships like the one that prevailed in the telephone industry were common in the nineteenth and the early twentieth century. He argues that this period was not an era of laissez-faire, as is often alleged, but that its economic energy and extraordinary technological progress were accompanied by complete acceptance of certain kinds of government intervention. Challenging the presuppositions not only of the new ideologists of deregulation, privatization, and competition but also of the practitioners of what he calls the "sanctimonious muddle" of present-day liberalism, Stone demonstrates that public service liberalism could help resolve current problems, such as those in the savings and loan institutions and the cable television industry.

Originally published in 1991.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691078779
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
06/21/1991
Series:
Princeton Legacy Library Series
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Tables, xi,
Preface, xiii,
1. Liberalism Revised, 3,
2. The Telephone and the Public Service Idea, 23,
3. Protection of the Newborn, 51,
4. Structural Liberalism: The Issues of Economic Structure, 84,
5. The Progressive Impulse and the Telephone, 122,
6. Public Service Liberalism and the New Political Economy, 165,
7. The Administrative State and Public Service Liberalism, 205,
8. The Contraction of the World, 238,
9. The End of the Old Deal, 271,
Index, 287,

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