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Empire and Technology; Information Technology Policy in Postwar Britain and France

Richard Coopey

in Information Technology Policy

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780199241057
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191714290 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241057.003.0006
Empire and Technology; Information Technology Policy in Postwar Britain and France

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This chapter explores the decline of the IT sectors in Britain and France, showing how the foundations and structure of the industry there experienced long-term inertia and contained fault-lines within it, but was also subject to short-term strategic mistakes which hastened its eventual relative demise. It is shown that the computer industry, certainly in its formative phase, was internally connected to the government — both in Britain and France. The chapter focuses on development in the 1960s when a sense of crisis pervaded both countries, and the fate of both economies was deemed to hinge on their ability to maintain or regain a position of global competitiveness in high-technology industry. The IT sector was singled out as the primary focus of this process.

Keywords: Britain; France; IT; high-technology industry; government intervention

Chapter.  12968 words. 

Subjects: knowledge management

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