Telecommunications Privatization in Developing Countries: The Real Effects of Exclusivity Periods
AbstractSince World War II, developing nations have embarked on two massive changes in telecommunications policy. The first was the wave of nationalization of private companies that took place mostly in the 1950s and 1960s, and the second is the now ongoing process of re-privatization and, to a lesser degree, the introduction of competition. The purpose of this essay is to set forth the problems of contemporary neoliberal policy reform within the historical, economic and political context of these countries to assess the success of reform to date and to suggest future directions for research that might improve the performance of the sector. The existing literature well documents the decline in performance during the nationalization era and the improvements that reform usually brings; however, relatively little is known about the relationship between the details of reform and subsequent performance, or about the institutional factors that contribute to the stability of reform.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by United Nations World Employment Programme- in its series Papers with number 99-031.
Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 2000
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TELECOMMUNICATIONS ; PRIVATIZATION ; DEVELOPING COUNTRIES;
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