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Institutions & Intervention



Edited by Robin Mansell, Rohan Samarajiva, and Amy Mahan
| € 52.00 | 2002 Delft University Press | 405 pages | 
ISBN 90-407-2300-1

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This comprehensive volume includes state-of-the-art analyses of the problems of and prospects for information societies. It is about the structures and processes of inquiry and institutional change and their relationship to rapid innovations in information and communication technologies. The work of William H. Melody features centrally in this volume which is compiled in his honour. It contains over 50 contributions by outstanding scholars whose choices of topics cover issues that are of substantial significance today. 

The volume is divided into five main sections each addressing a central question:

  • What is the role of institutions of higher education in the 'Information Age' and how does scholarly research become involved in 'networking knowledge'?

  • What are the institutional strategies and practices of policy and regulatory reform in the communication industry?

  • How and why are people accommodating or resisting the new technologies and the emerging information societies? 

  • What are the biases in the processes of networking knowledge and what insights can be drawn from the social sciences, and particularly from Institutional Economics? 

  • What are the structures and processes for sharing the content of the media and information services industries and for exchanging knowledge in today's global networks? 

This volume addresses an interdisciplinary and international audience. It synthesizes debates about the information society or knowledge economy that are high on the policy agenda in Europe, North and South America, and many other parts of the industrialized and developing world.

It will be useful to researchers and teachers in communication studies, economics, innovation studies, political science and related disciplines, and to those involved in the management of technological change. Outside the academy, it will appeal to those active in policy and regulatory reform and to those responsible for the development and implementation of social and economic development programs incorporating the production or use of information and communication technologies.

This is a magnificent Festschrift but no more than William Melody deserves. He has made an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the evolution of information and communication technology over the past half century, and to the problems of regulating and controlling it during a period of revolutionary change in the technology. The Editors of the book have … insisted on short contributions and this has not only made them very readable, it has also made it possible to include a wide range of papers. … Furthermore, the Editors have so organised more than 50 contributions that they provide a lively and well-informed commentary… .
- Chris Freeman, Professor Emeritus, SPRU, University of Sussex

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Networking Knowledge for Information Societies:
Institutions & Intervention

Edited by Robin Mansell, Rohan Samarajiva, and Amy Mahan
| € 52.00 | 2002 Delft University Press | 405 pages | 
ISBN 90-407-2300-1

Table of Contents

Prologue . . . . 
Chris Freeman

About . . . .
Robin Mansell, Rohan Samarajiva and Amy Mahan

Inquiry . . . .
Robin Mansell, Rohan Samarajiva, and Amy Mahan

Universities, Research and the Public Interest
Nicholas Garnham

Universities in the Knowledge Economy
Peter Sheehan

The University, ICTs and Development in the Information Society
John B. Goddard and James Cornford

The Role of the Social Sciences in Policy Oriented Telecom Research
John Langdale

Integrating Social Sciences into Information Society Policy
Jean-Claude Burgelman

Virtual Solutions to Real Problems
Bella Mody

Challenging Orthodoxy
Liora Salter

Change . . . .
Rohan Samarajiva, Robin Mansell and Amy Mahan

Utility Deregulation in the United States: A Critical Evaluation
Harry M. Trebing

Telecom Policy for Information Economies: Unregulation is not Enough
Aileen Amarandos Pisciotta

The Toppling of the Natural Monopoly Doctrine
Edwin B. Parker

Never-ending International Telecommunication Union Reform
Tim Kelly

From Arctic Village to Alice Springs: Rural Telecom Myths and Realities
Heather E. Hudson

Setting the Reform Agenda: What Next, After Privatisation?
Márcio Wohlers de Almeida and Ricardo Tavares

Policy and Regulatory Challenges of Access and Affordability
Alison Gillwald

Technical Aspects of Rural Telecom
Rudi Westerveld and Carleen F. Maitland

Spectrum Management: Private Property Rights or Commons
Johannes M. Bauer

Spectrum Allocation Controversies
Martin Cave

3G Auctions: A Change of Course
John Ure

A Competitive Market Approach to Interconnection Payments
David Gabel

Multi-Utility Regulation: Yet Another Convergence?
Jens C. Arnbak

Next . . . .
Robin Mansell, Rohan Samarajiva and Amy Mahan

Information Society Revisited: PICTuring the Information Society
Ian Miles

Falling Behind on ICT Adoption Indicators: Can We Afford This?
John W. Houghton

Information Societies: Towards a More Useful Concept
Knud Erik Skouby

Evolving the Information Society in the Caribbean: The Paradox of Orderliness
Roderick Sanatan

Revealing the Ties that Bind: Property and Propriety in the Information Age.
Oscar H. Gandy, Jr.

Critical Infrastructure Protection in the Information Age
Peter S. Anderson

Technology Determinism, the State and Telecom Surveillance
Peter Shields

Opportunities and Risks for India in the Knowledge Society
B. P. Sanjay

Infrastructure Development and the Digital Divide in Asia
Meheroo Jussawalla

Linking Information, Technologies and the Consumer Interest
Supriya Singh

Theses on Informatisation
Jörg Becker

Bias . . . .
Rohan Samarajiva, Robin Mansell and Amy Mahan

C is for Convergence (and Communication, Content, and Competition)
Sally Wyatt

Knowledge or 'Know-less' Societies?
Paschal Preston

When More is Less: Time, Space and Knowledge in Information Societies
Edward Comor

The Telecom-Economy Nexus: Innis and Du Boff Revisited
Cho, Sung Woon

Back to the Future of the Internet: The Printing Press
Ang, Peng Hwa and James A. Dewar

The 'Information Economy', Economics, and Ecology
Robert E. Babe

Bridging the Gap: Processes of Communication and Institutions of Political Economy
Vincent Mosco

Concrete Analyses Versus Abstract Deduction
Anders Henten

What . . . .
Amy Mahan, Robin Mansell and Rohan Samarajiva

Regulation and the Ethics of Distance: Distance and the Ethics of Regulation
Roger Silverstone

In Search of the 'Shared Moment'
Anthony Smith

Global Media and Cultural Diversity
Gaëtan Tremblay

Media Ownership - Does It Matter?
Werner A. Meier

Latin American Media: A Long View of Politics and Markets
Elizabeth Fox and Silvio Waisbord

Towards an Information Society: The Need for a Policy Perspective
Binod C. Agrawal

Media Policy and the Public Interest
Marc Raboy

Radical Media Projects and the Crisis of Public Media
John D. H. Downing

Towards a World System Perspective on Cross-National Web Research
Joseph Turow and Rivka Ribak

Epilogue . . . . 
Economics of Infrastructures: The Ultimate Challenge?
Rolf W. Künneke

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