This book confronts some of the most important questions related to liberalization, regulation, and the role of the nation state in an increasingly international economy. In the face of powerful transitional pressures for change, to what extent are states able to maintain stable institutional frameworks? Do different domestic structures generate dissimilar patterns of policy-making and economic performance? How important are past institutional choices to subsequent reform? The author addresses these questions through a study of the transformations of a strategic economic sector, telecommunications, in Britain and France over the past three decades. It analyses the theoretical strengths and weaknesses of various models of public policy formation and, the role and reform of national institutions and the continuing role of the nation state.
`Thatcher's empirical approach, in conjunction with appropriate theory, will help policy-makers to tailor institutional mechanisms to the circumstances of each sector' Times Higher Education Supplement, November 16 2001 `The Politics of Telecommunications should find a wide readership among those interested in politics, public administration or telecommunications policy design' Times Higher Education Supplement, November 16 2001 `This analysis is of excellent quality and will appeal to all readers interested in the institutional aspects of telecoms, as well as to political scientists looking for a new field of analysis.' Paul Nihoul, The Journal of Policy, regulation and strategy for telecommunications, information and media, Vol.3, No.1, Feb 2001 `This book has many merits. It is based on meticulous empirical investigation and uses a coherent combination of research methods ... This is one of the few geuniely comparative works on Franco-British public policy. For this reason alone, its publication is to be welcomed and the book should certainly be ordered for the library.' Alistair Cole, West European Politics, Vol.24, No.1, Jan 2001 `thorough and thoughtful piece of scholarship, worthy of inclusion on final year undergraduate and graduate courses on the politics of economic policy-making' Francis McGowan, Political Studies Vol 49, No 2, June 2001 `an excellent exercise in comparative political economy' Francis McGowan, Political Studies Vol 49, No 2, June 2001 `Thatcher has produced an excellent comparative study, rich in empirical findings, given analytical focus by an explicit theoretical framework. It can be warmly commended note merely to those specifically interested in telecommunications but to readers who wish to understand how changes in the national processes of decision-making come about in a rapidly changing international environment.' Government and Opposition, Vol.36, No.1 `Having sensibly confined his research to two countries, but extending over a nearly thirty-year period, 1969-97, Thatcher has achieved both depth and breadth.' Government and Opposition, Vol.36, No.1 `Mark Thatcher's extremely thorough assessment of The Politics of Telecommunication in Britain and France has all the exemplary qualities of the doctoral thesis from which it originated. It is well-written and clearly argued, with scrupulous attention to ensure the accuracy of technical detail, supported by original information culled from his numerous interviews, supplemented by a comprehensive range of secondary sources.' Government and Opposition, Vol.36, No.1
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st April 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.2 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.68