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The Gordian Knot: Political Gridlock on the Information Highway / Edition 1

The Gordian Knot: Political Gridlock on the Information Highway / Edition 1


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262640398
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 07/26/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lee W. McKnight is Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix(2)
Introduction xi
1 Political Gridlock
2 The Nature of Networks
3 The Network and the State
4 Networks and Productivity
5 Network Wars: A Pattern Emerges
6 Cutting the Knot
Notes 265(8)
References 273(34)
Index 307

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D. Linda Garcia

Books on telecommunications rarely make for enjoyable reading. The Gordian Knot is an exception. The authors present a very cogent and, in manys ways, convincing case. They lay out their argument at the outset, and carefully walk the reader through it. They clearly bring to the discussion a much needed multi-disciplinary perspective.

Mitchell Kapor

The Gordian Knot richly tells the history of infrastructure development in both transportation and communication in the United States as a series of battles for control by vested economic interests, battles which have often failed to serve the public interest as well as it served the private interests who have been its principal stakeholders. It also tells of the intimate, if not always effective, involvement of the federal government, as it has struggled to find a happy medium between extremes of laissez faire and heavily-regulated monopoly.

William Drake

This book does something that really needs to be done. It addresses the current national debate about the development of an information infrastructure in a manner that is accessible to generalist and specialist readers alike, and it locates the debate in a broader historical narrative that illuminates how we got here and where we may be going.

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