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Governing the central nervous system of the global economy: telecommunications policy

Paula Chakravartty and Katharine Sarikakis

in Media Policy and Globalization

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748618491
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670970 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618491.003.0003
Governing the central nervous system of the global economy: telecommunications policy

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This chapter provides an overview of telecommunications policy reform primarily focusing on experiences in the global South, with an emphasis on the political and economic context of Brazil, China and India. It examines both the dramatic pace of policy reform in these rapidly growing economies, as well as on the politicization over the reform process to reflect public questioning, if not discontent, over the terms of reform pushed by corporate interests. It highglights the tensions between realms of technocratic "expert" governance and public claims to account for corruption and inequality across multiple social divides, including rural-urban, class, race (caste) and gender.

Keywords: Telecommunications Reform; Privatization; Liberalization; Corruption; Public Interest; Multiple Publics

Chapter.  12838 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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