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Global Control
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Global Control

Information Technology and Globalization since 1845

9781840648485 Edward Elgar Publishing
Peter McMahon, Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy, Murdoch University, Australia
Publication Date: 2002 ISBN: 978 1 84064 848 5 Extent: 200 pp
Global Control aims to achieve a clearer understanding of the long process of globalization by focusing on the crucial role of information and control technologies.

Information systems and control technologies are key to globalization and, while generally facilitating the overall trend to spatial reorganization, they also effect change through the pervasive influence of ‘internal systems logic’. Thus, the author argues, the dominant institutions of states, firms and markets transform global development and are themselves transformed by key information technologies. More specifically the book identifies the key phases of modern globalization and analyses the crucial role played by different information technologies at each point in time.

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Global Control aims to achieve a clearer understanding of the long process of globalization by focusing on the crucial role of information and control technologies.

Information systems and control technologies are key to globalization and, while generally facilitating the overall trend to spatial reorganization, they also effect change through the pervasive influence of ‘internal systems logic’. Thus, the author argues, the dominant institutions of states, firms and markets transform global development and are themselves transformed by key information technologies. More specifically the book identifies the key phases of modern globalization and analyses the crucial role played by different information technologies at each point in time.

Peter McMahon uses theory in political economy with writing on technological developments, and also combines cutting edge theory with historical evidence which provides a new explanation of the last two and a half centuries of global development.

This unique book will be of great interest to academics and researchers of political economy, globalization, innovation and science as well as international business scholars.
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‘McMahon gives us a cogent history of information systems as means of control essential to recurrent cycles of capitalist reorganization. An engaging, theoretically informed, and deeply provocative synthesis.’
– Dan Schiller, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, US
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Contents: 1. Social Organization, Control and Information Technology 2. Telecommunications and the Nineteenth-Century Liberal-International World Order 3. Information Technology and US Industro-Military Development 4. Telematics and the Post-war International Order 5. Telematics as a Transnational Control Infrastructure 6. The New Cyber-Financial Global Order Bibliography Index
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