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Information Technology PolicyAn International History$
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Richard Coopey

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199241057

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241057.001.0001

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

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

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(p.144) 6 Empire and Technology; Information Technology Policy in Postwar Britain and France
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Information Technology Policy
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Richard Coopey (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241057.003.0006

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

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