The Politics of Telecommunications: National Institutions, Convergence, and Change in Britain and France

The Politics of Telecommunications: National Institutions, Convergence, and Change in Britain and France

by Mark Thatcher

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Overview

The Politics of Telecommunications: National Institutions, Convergence, and Change in Britain and France by Mark Thatcher

This book examines and compares policy making in telecommunications in Britain and France over the last three decades. It confronts important questions related to liberalization, regulation and the role of the nation state in an increasingly international economy and analyzes the theoretical strengths and weaknesses of various models of public policy formation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198280743
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mark Thatcher is Lecturer in Public Administration and Public Policy, Department of Government, London School of Economics.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. National Institutions, Differences, Stability and Change
Part One: The British and French Telecommunications sector in 1969 and external pressures
2. The roots of history: telecommunications in Britain and France before 1969
3. Technological and economic pressures for change in telecommunications from the 1960s to the 1990s
4. Pressures for change from the international regulatory environment of telecommunications from the 1960s to the 1990s
Part Two Institutions and policy making 1969-1979
5. The institutional framework of telecommunications in Britain and France 1969-1979: divergence, reform and standstill
6. Policy making in the 1970s: constraints in Britain, boldness in France
Part Three: Institutions and policy making 1980-1996
7. The institutional framework of telecommunications 1980-1997: national change, divergence and differences
8. The impacts of institutional divergence: the network operators in Britain and France during the 1980s
9. Competition in network operation 1990-1996: differing national paths away from monopoly
10. Policy making in a new field of telecommunications: advanced networks and services and customer premises equipment from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s
Part Four Economic Outcomes
11. Economic outcomes in the telecommunications sector in Britain and France 1970-1997: convergence despite institutional divergence
Part Five: Conclusions
12. Conclusion: National Institutions, Policy and Change

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