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America's Stake in European Telecommunication Policies - Alfred L. Thimm

America's Stake in European Telecommunication Policies

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Published: 26th October 1992
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Changes within European telecommunication systems have been analyzed by the author with the purpose of exploring the social, political, and economic conditions that will determine the emergence of a new continental communication infrastructure by 1992. Alfred L. Thimm examines the commonly neglected institutional factors that have shaped the different responses of British, French, and German political and economic elites to both technological changes and the European Community's telecommunication strategy. The concepts of political economy are applied to explore the views and vested interests of adversaries in the intense struggle over the reform of the telecommunication systems in these key countries. Thimm briefly reviews the historical and political roots of the telecommunication administrations in Great Britain, France, and Germany, and the technological and political events that have undermined existing institutions. He emphasizes the national importance of telecommunication as a strategic industry and its vital role as an integral part of the integrated European infrastructure. He considers the strategic role of technical standards as a device that simultaneously harmonizes European networks and serves as a marketing obstacle to non-European enterprises. The winners and losers in the struggle to adapt European telecom policy to new technological and political conditions are clearly identified.

Preface
European Telecommunication Policy: Creative
Destruction in a Corporate Environment German
Telecommunication Policy, 1970-89
The Final Phase of German Telecommunication Reform, 1987-90
The Reform of the French Telecommunication
System: A Case Study in Industrial Policy
Minitel: An Industrial Policy Success by William L. Cats-Baril
The Deregulation and Privatization of British Telecommunication
The Telecommunication Policy of the European Community; Project 1992
The National and Corporate Strategies of International
Standards: The Case of Telecommunication
Index
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ISBN: 9780899305448
ISBN-10: 089930544X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 26th October 1992
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.56