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Leapfrogging Development?
The Political Economy of Telecommunications Restructuring
Leapfrogging Development?
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J. P. Singh - Author
SUNY series in Global Politics
Price: $55.50 
Hardcover - 300 pages
Release Date: August 1999
ISBN10: 0-7914-4293-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4293-7

Price: $31.95 
Paperback - 300 pages
Release Date: July 1999
ISBN10: 0-7914-4294-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4294-4

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Examines how developing countries have restructured their telecommunications in order to "leapfrog" or accelerate development.

Telecommunications restructurings are now seen as important barometers in the shift among developing countries toward market-based economies. They are often posited as helping developing countries "leapfrog," or accelerate their pace of development, and "connect" with the world economy. This book shows that most states in developing countries are unable to resolve the myriad pressures they face in restructuring important sectors like telecommunications to effect accelerated or "leapfrogging" development.

The scope, pace, and sequencing of restructuring varies according to how different types of states respond to micro sub-sectoral pressures or to macro-level pressures from coalitions of groups. After examining seven generalizable cases (Singapore, South Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, China, Brazil, Myanmar), the book examines India as an in-depth "mostlikely case." Leapfrogging Development? proposes a unique framework that shows how groups and coalitions articulate development preferences and how different types of states respond to or shape these preferences.

"The book will be an important addition to the literature on economic development because of its focus on telecommunications infrastructure, that is increasingly viewed as crucial to economic competitiveness in a globalizing world economy. It is likely to be particularly interesting to specialists in the politics of information technology and economic development, but it also addresses broader issues such as globalization, that are generating high scholarly interest in all the social sciences."--Jeffrey A. Hart, Indiana University

J. P. Singh is Assistant Professor at the School of International Service, American University.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, Map, and Boxes

Important Terms



Part I
The Political Economy of Restructuring

Chapter 1

The Questions
The Leapfrogging Thesis
The Argument In Brief
The Plan
The Importance

Chapter 2
The Argument Explained

The Context for Telecommunications Restructuring
The Political Economy of Telecommunications

Part II
Telecommunications Restructuring in Seven Countries

Chapter 3
Telecommunications Restructuring in Catalytic and Near-Catalytic States

Catalytic States: Singapore, South Korea
Near-Catalytic States: Mexico, Malaysia

Chapter 4
Telecommunications Restructuring in Dysfunctional and Predatory States

Dysfunctional States: China, Brazil
Predatory States: Myanmar

Part III
Telecommunications Provision and Restructuring in India: 1851–1998

Chapter 5
Indian Telecommunications: Shadow of the Empire, 1851–1984

Colonial Communications
The State of the State (1947–1984)
Slow Growth and Entrenched Interests in Telecommunications: 1950–85
Demand for Telecommunications Services Since the Mid-1970s

Chapter 6
Indian Telecommunications: Service Enhancement, 1984-91

The Indian State (1984–91)
Major Policy Changes and Challenges
Service Enhancement
Liberalization of Manufacturing

Chapter 7
Indian Telecommunications: Privatization and Liberalization, 1991–98

The Indian State (1991–98)
Growing Demands for Services and Restructuring
Major Policy Changes
Services Privatization and Provision

Part IV

Chapter 8 The Myth and the Reality of Leapfrogging

The Myths of Leapfrogging
The "Reality" of Political-Economic Context




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