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Governing Telecommunications and the New Information Society in Europe

Edited by Jacint Jordana

European countries have recently been involved in an extremely broad set of regulatory changes to introduce competitive markets into the area of telecommunications. New policies to develop the information society in Europe are also emerging, taking into account the changes in regulations. The contributions included in this book examine several dimensions of these major European issues, including multi-level governance, the instruments used to produce these policy changes, and the European idiosyncrasies of globalisation trends.
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This volume had its origins in a conference on Telecommunications Policy and Information Society in Europe held in the city of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain), 13-14 April 2000. The main focus of the conference was to analyze the recent transformations of the telecommunications regulatory regime in Europe, the market developments, and its implications for the development of a European Information Society. This conference formed part of a program entitled Europa Mundi, that included a seminar series dealing with diferent political, economic and social aspects of European integration, coordinated by the Universidade de Santiago. These series of seminars were a contribution from the academic community to the Santiago’s de Compostela mandate of European City of Culture for the Year 2000. The initiative was conceived and developed by Ramón Máiz, Dean of the Universidade de Santiago Political Sciences School, and generously funded by a grant from the Consorcio da Cidade de Santiago de Compostela. This volume consists of the revised versions of the papers presented at the conference, some of which have evolved considerably, and in many cases in response to the excellent discussions and contributions of the seminar participants during the two day session. I thank Daniel Blanch, a graduate student from the Universidade de Santiago Political Science Department, who handled most of the organization of the conference, helping to make the conference the success it was. I am also indebted to the people who assisted me during the process of preparing this book. For linguistic revision I...

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