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The Politics of World Communication



November 1994 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Communication plays a central part in the increasing global interconnectedness of contemporary societies, nations and economies. In this book Cees J Hamelink examines the political processes and decisions which determine the global communication environment.

Mass communication, telecommunication, data traffic, intellectual property and communication technology have all been regulated by agreements within the international community. Examining negotiation processes and their outcomes, the author offers an analysis of the global politics of communication and its implications for specific nations, areas and communities. Underlying the analysis is a fundamental concern with communication as an issue of human rights which raises the question: Do the standards agreed on world communication address the interests of ordinary people in their everyday lives?

 
Introduction
 
World Communication Politics
Origins and Evolution

 
 
World Politics
Practices, Processes and People

 
 
Telecommunication
 
Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
 
Mass Communication
 
Culture
 
Development
 
Transborder Data Flow
 
Standardization of Consumer Electronics
 
Analysis of Prevailing Practices
 
Towards a People's Right To Communicate

`The most valuable feature of this book is its careful recounting of the historical processes which have fed into the current debate of global communication' - International Journal on World Peace

`The value of this book is in its detailed summary of a broad range of policy issues' - Canadian Journal of Communicaiton

`This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the global politics of communication and its implications for specific nations, areas and communities' - Transnational Data and Communications Report

`Cees J Hamelink... knowledgeably describes and examines world communication politics, world politics, telecommunication, protection of intellectual property rights, mass communication, culture, development, transborder data flow, standardisation of consumer electronics, analysis of prevailing practices and people's right to communication.... provides a treasure-trove of facts and data on political processes, political actors and decisions that determine the global communication environment' - The Journal of International Communication

`Hamelink brings decades of experience to the task.... The reader is carried through the book by Hamelink's devotion to the subject as well as his humane and generous spirit' - Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

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