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Communication, Commerce and Power: The Political Economy of America and the Direct Broadcast Satellite, 1960-2000 (International Political Economy

Communication, Commerce and Power: The Political Economy of America and the Direct Broadcast Satellite, 1960-2000 (International Political Economy

ISBN: 9780312210717
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date: 1998-03-15
Number of pages: 272
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Through the largely untold history of US-based direct broadcast satellite (DBS) developments, this book assesses contemporary transformations in the international political economy. As the country whose hegemonic fortunes are most dependable in the full application of transnational communication technologies, the United States is shown to have acted as a complex mediator of significant contemporary international reforms including recently signed free trade agreements on services and intellectual property rights. Among his conclusions, the author shows the United States and other nation-states to be the ultimate arbiters of their ongoing histories. Seemingly 'inevitable' global information highway developments, for example, are shown not to be "inevitable" after all, and domestic power relations are shown to constitute the essential but underassessed cites through which globalization processes unfold. The significance of these findings are addressed in light of recent scholarly and popular analyses that have focused increasingly on how global developments are reshaping nation-states.

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