The Irony of Regulatory Reform

The Irony of Regulatory Reform : The Deregulation of American Telecommunications

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This book examines the history of regulation in telephone and broadcast telecommunications, and builds a compelling new theory of regulation. Against the backdrop of modern theory of the state, the author presents a sweeping survey of the history of regulation in America, identifying three distinct periods of regulatory genesis and three discrete types of agencies. He shows the underlying irony that while anti-regulation rhetoric was aimed at the so-called 'social' regulatory agencies, in practice it has been the 'economic' agencies which have been deregulated, often with vehement opposition from the industries affected. Horwitz unravels the complex mosaic of economic, political, legal, and technological forces which have undermined the traditional regulation of telecommunications. He comments on how telecommunications is a particularly interesting field to study in connection with regulation, since it has been an arena of great technological change, and because of its fundamental role in promoting the 'information age'.
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  • Hardback | 424 pages
  • 166.4 x 241.8 x 32.8mm | 816.14g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0195054458
  • 9780195054453

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A finely detailed work of scholarship that is particularly strong in its review of the various theories of political and regulatory behavior. * Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media * Definitely recommended reading for anyone at all interested in U.S. regulation. * Social Science Quarterly * Thoroughly researched, effectively organized, and unusually well written...Deals with important subject matter analytically and raises interesting and thoughtful interpretative issues on almost every page. Of all the books that I have read on deregulation, this is the best so far. * Business History Review * A valuable contribution to understanding U.S. society of the 1990s....A well-crafted, important history of the politics, bureaucracy, and marketplace of telecommunications....An informative, thoroughly researched, and timely analysis of our cable news network society...Contributes significantly to the literature of partisan, policy, and systems politics, enhancing our understanding of the every-increasing complex relations between government...and business. * American Political Science Review *
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