Information Technology Policy: An International History by Richard Coopey

Information Technology Policy: An International History

EditorRichard Coopey

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Information Technology has become symbolic of modernity and progress almost since its inception. The nature and boundaries of IT have also meant that it has shaped, or become embedded within a wide range of other scientific, technological and economic developments. Governments, from theoutset, saw the computer as a strategic technology, a keystone of economic development and an area where technology policy should be targeted. This was true for those economies interested in maintaining their technological and economic leadership, but also figured strongly in the developmentalprogrammes of those seeking to modernise or catch up. So strong was the notion that IT policy should be the centre of economic strategy that predominant political economic ideologies have frequently been subverted or distorted to allow for special efforts to promote either the production or use ofIT.This book brings together a series of country-based studies to examine, in depth, the nature and extent of IT policies as they have evolved from a complex historical interaction of politics, technology, institutions, and social and cultural factors. In doing so many key questions are criticallyexamined. Where can we find successful examples of IT policy? Who has shaped policy? Who did governments turn to for advice in framing policy? Several chapters outline the impact of military influence on IT. What is the precise nature of this influence on IT development? How closely were industry leaders linked to government programs and to what extent were these programs, particularly those aimed at the generation of 'national champions',misconceived through undue special pleading? How effective were government personnel and politicians in assessing the merits of programs predicated on technological trajectories extrapolated from increasingly complex and specialised information? This book will be of interest to academics and graduate students of Management Studies, History, Economics, and Technology Studies, and Government and Corporate policy makers engaged with IT and Technology policy.

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Richard Coopey is Senior Research Fellow at the Business History Unit, London School of Economics, where he has been working since 1996 on the Warwick/LSE ESRC-funded project on IT policy history in postwar Britain. He is the co-author of 3i: Fifty Years Investing in Industry (OUP, 1995).
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Title:Information Technology Policy: An International HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:361 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.8 inPublished:August 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199241058

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1. Richard Coopey: Information Technology Policy: A Global Historical Survey2. Arthur Norberg: The Shifting Interests of the United States Government in the Development and Diffusion of Information Technology Since 19433. William Aspray: The Supply of Information Technology Workers: A History of Policy and Practice in the United States4. Steven W. Usselman: Public Policies, Private Platforms: Anitrust and American Computing5. Seiichiro Yonekura: Beat IBM: Cooperation and Competition Inside Japanese Computer Promotion6. Richard Coopey: Empire and Technology: Information Technology Policy in Postwar Britain and France7. Martin Campbell-Kelly and Ross Hamilton: From National Champions to Little Ventures: The NEB and the Second Wave of IT in Britain, 1975-19858. Jan Van Den Ende, Nachoem Wijnberg, and Albert Meijer: The Influence of the Dutch and EU Government Policy on Philips' IT Product Strategy9. Eda Kranakis: Politics, Business, and European Technology Polic: From the Treaty of Rome to Unidata, 1958-7510. Dimitris Assimakopoulos, Rebecca Marschan-Piekkari, and Stuart Macdonald: ESPRIT: Europe's Response to US and Japanese Dominance in Information Technology11. Knut Sogner: The Rise and Fall of State IT Planning: or How Norwegian Planners Became Captains of Industry12. Richard Heeks: Facing In, Facing Out: IT Production Policy in India from the 1960s to the 1990s13. Boris Malinovsky and Lev Malinovsky: IT Policy in the USSR and Ukraine: Achievements and Failures14. Richard Heeks and Mihaiela Grundey: Romania's Hardware and Software Industry: Building IT Policy and Capabilities in a Transitional Economy