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Governing Telecommunications and the New Information Society in Europe

Edited by Jacint Jordana, Associate Professor of Political Science, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
European countries have recently been involved in an extremely broad set of regulatory changes to introduce competitive markets into the area of telecommunications. New policies to develop the information society in Europe are also emerging, taking into account the changes in regulations. The contributions included in this book examine several dimensions of these major European issues, including multi-level governance, the instruments used to produce these policy changes, and the European idiosyncrasies of globalisation trends.
In Association with Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Vicerrectorado de Extensión Cultural
Extent: 288 pp
Hardback Price: $145.00 Web: $130.50
Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 978 1 84064 757 0
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European countries have recently been involved in an extremely broad set of regulatory changes to introduce competitive markets into the area of telecommunications. New policies to develop the information society in Europe are also emerging, taking into account the changes in regulations. The contributions included in this book examine several dimensions of these major European issues, including multi-level governance, the instruments used to produce these policy changes, and the European idiosyncrasies of globalisation trends.

The authors debate the successes and failures of European strategies and policies engaged to foster the new IT based economic revolution, and European multilevel policy-making is discussed from the perspective of linking telecommunications policy to the promotion of an information society in Europe. The main policy instruments used by the European Union to advocate this new information society are reviewed, and a retrospective analysis of the 1990s European telecommunications industry transformation from public monopoly to a competitive market is introduced.

This book will appeal to a wide-ranging audience, including academics in the fields of public policy, economics, political science, media and communication studies, and communications engineering. Consultants, analysts and public servants specialising in telecommunications policy and information technology issues, along with private and public telecom executives will also find this book to be of importance.
‘. . . offers a fresh look at efforts to manage telecommunications and the emerging "information society" in Europe.’
– Communication Booknotes Quarterly
Contributors: A. Alabau, J.M. Bauer, M. Cave, M.G. Colombo, M. Delmastro, J. Jordana, D. Sancho, V. Schneider, J. Subirats, M. Thatcher, R. Werle
Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction: Regulating Telecommunications and Enforcing the Information Society in Europe
Jacint Jordana

Part I: The Telecommunications Policy Framework in Europe
2. The Institutional Transformation of Telecommunications between Europeanization and Globalization
Volker Schneider

3. Barriers to Entry in European Telecommunications Markets
Martin Cave

4. The Relationship between National and European Regulation of Telecommunications
Mark Thatcher

5. The Persistence of Telecommunications Policies in National States: Portugal and Spain in the European Arena
Jacint Jordana

6. Normative Foundations of Electronic Communications Policy in the European Union
Johannes M. Bauer

Part II: Creating New Policies for a European Information Society
7. Internet @ Europe: Overcoming Institutional Fragmentation and Policy Failure
Raymund Werle

8. European Regions and Information Society Policy Instruments
Antonio Alabau

9. New Technology-based Firms in ICT Industries: A Policy Perspective
Massimo G. Colombo and Marco Delmastro

10. European National Platforms for the Development of the Information Society
David Sancho

11. The Dilemmas of an Inevitable Relationship: Democratic Innovation and the Information and Communication Technology
Joan Subirats

Index