Global Control: Information Technology and Globalization Since 1845
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing | ISBN: 1840648481 | edition 2002 | PDF | 192 pages | 4,16 mb
This volume 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 developemnts, and also combines cutting edge theory with historical evidence to provide a new explanation of the last one and a half centuries of globalization.
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