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The international telecommunications regime: the political roots of regimes for high technology

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The international telecommunications regime provided a multilateral framework that reinforced domestic monopolies and bilateral cartel arrangements in the global market. The regime's epistemic community believed that telecommunications services and equipment were best supplied by national monopolies and that international communications by telephone, telegram, and telex should be jointly provided by monopolists. Strong domestic political incentives reinforced this cognitive framework. When technological innovation triggered a successful political attack on the domestic regulation of telecommunications in a few key countries, the stage was set for a global challenge to the intellectual and political foundations of the regime. Two paths to reform have emerged. Their significance can be assessed by looking at changes in the distribution of benefits from the regime, changes in the manner in which governments delegate power to the regime, and shifts in the epistemic community associated with the regime.

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  • Cowhey, Peter F., 1990. "The international telecommunications regime: the political roots of regimes for high technology," International Organization, Cambridge University Press, vol. 44(02), pages 169-199, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:intorg:v:44:y:1990:i:02:p:169-199_03
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