Telecommunications Politics: Ownership and Control of the Information Highway in Developing Countries

Telecommunications Politics: Ownership and Control of the Information Highway in Developing Countries

by Bella Mody
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805817530

ISBN-13: 9780805817539

Pub. Date: 09/28/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This volume brings together scholars and policymakers to address the issue of telecommunications policy in developing countries. It elaborates on the position that economics and technology determine the framework for discussion, but politics makes the decision. Politics, in this case, refers to the dynamics of the power structure generated by the historical and

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This volume brings together scholars and policymakers to address the issue of telecommunications policy in developing countries. It elaborates on the position that economics and technology determine the framework for discussion, but politics makes the decision. Politics, in this case, refers to the dynamics of the power structure generated by the historical and contemporary context of state, social, economic, and cultural forces. The chapter authors address the system of information transportation — the telecommunications sector in developing countries ranging from low-income countries with overburdened, rural roads in south Asia and Africa trying to catch up to digitalized fibre-optic superhighways in middle income countries such as Singapore.

The organization of the book reflects a contextually situated intellectual viewpoint. The first part presents a historical and conceptual introduction to changes in the organization of telecommunications. The second part analyzes the major external and internal forces that have influenced the process of private sector participation in telecommunications. The third part offers ten comparative country case studies that provide evidence of the diverse conditions, goals, and processes of the realignment of public and private tasks in the telecommunications industry. Finally, contributors address the issue of regulation from differing positions — a pragmatic, "how-to-cope" discussion for developing country decision makers.

The diverse perspectives in this volume should provide help to developing countries in their struggle with proposals received from international banks, private investors, interested "big powers," and their consulting firms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805817539
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Series:
LEA Telecommunications Series
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
IIncreasing Private Sector Participation
1From PTT to Private: Liberalization and Privatization in Eastern Europe and the Third World3
2Public-Private Relations in International Telecommunications Before World War II31
IIMajor Political Forces
3Telecommunications and Global Capitalism53
4Foreign Direct Investment by the U.S. Bells85
5Infrastructure for Global Financial Integration: The Role of the World Bank113
6The Role of Domestic Capital in Latin America135
7Telecommunications Privatization and Capital Formation in the ASEAN165
8The Changing Role of the State179
IIICase Studies
9Privatization of Telecommunications: Lessons From the Philippines201
10Telecommunications Restructuring: The Experience of Eight Countries225
IVThe Role of Regulation
11Privatization and Developing Countries249
12Alternatives to Private Ownership261
13Regulatory Reform: An Institutional Perspective287
14Privatization and the Public Interest: Is Reconciliation Through Regulation Possible?309
Author Index329
Subject Index335

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