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The Resource Communication and the transformation of economics : essays in information, public policy, and political economy, Robert E. Babe

Communication and the transformation of economics : essays in information, public policy, and political economy, Robert E. Babe

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Communication and the transformation of economics : essays in information, public policy, and political economy
Title
Communication and the transformation of economics
Title remainder
essays in information, public policy, and political economy
Statement of responsibility
Robert E. Babe
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Many governments are pursuing with relentless vigor a neoconservative/transnational corporate program of globalization, privatization, deregulation, cutbacks to social programs, and downsizing of the public sector. Countries are forming into giant "free trade" blocs. Increasingly they lack the will and desire to resist encroachments of world "superculture." Furthermore, they encourage heightened commoditization of information and knowledge, for instance through stiffer intellectual property laws, through "Information Highway" initiatives, and through provisions in bilateral and multilateral trade treaties. The analytical underpinning and ideological justification for this neoconservative/transnational corporate policy agenda is mainstream (neoclassical) economics
  • Focusing on the centrality of information/communication to economic and ecological processes, Communication and the Transformation of Economics cuts at the philosophical/ideological root of this neo-conservative policy agenda. Mainstream economics assumes a commodity status for information, even though information is indivisible, subjective, shared, and intangible. Information, in other words, is quite ill-suited to commodity treatment. Likewise, neoclassicism posits communication as comprising merely acts of commodity exchange, thereby ignoring gift relations; dialogic interactions; the cumulative, transformative properties of all informational interchange; and the social or community context within which communicative action takes place
  • Continuing in the tradition of writers such as Russel Wallace, Thorstein Veblen, Karl Polyani, E.F. Schumacher, Kenneth E. Boulding, and Herman Daly, Robert Babe proposes infusing mainstream economics with realistic and expansive conceptions of information/communication in order to better comprehend twenty-first-century issues and progress toward a more sustainable, more just, and more democratic economic/communicatory order
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Babe, Robert E
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Critical studies in communication and in the cultural industries
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  • Information theory in economics
  • Telecommunication policy
  • Telecommunication
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Communication and the transformation of economics : essays in information, public policy, and political economy, Robert E. Babe
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [229]-253) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Information Industries and Economic Analysis: Policy-Makers Beware -- 2. Commodities as Signs -- 3. The Place of Information in Economics -- 4. Communication: Blindspot of Western Economics -- 5. On Political Economy -- 6. Information, Economics, and Ecosystem -- 7. T.R. Malthus and the Origins of Communication in Economics -- 8. The Communication Theory of Thorstein Veblen -- 9. The Communication Theory of Kenneth E. Boulding -- 10. Emergence and Development of Canadian Communications: Dispelling the Myths -- 11. Telecommunications Policy: Real World of the Canadian Information Highway -- 12. "Life Is Information": Canadian Communication and the Legacy of Graham Spry
Control code
33045645
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 270 pages
Isbn
9780813326726
Lccn
95037854
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1730668
Label
Communication and the transformation of economics : essays in information, public policy, and political economy, Robert E. Babe
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [229]-253) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Information Industries and Economic Analysis: Policy-Makers Beware -- 2. Commodities as Signs -- 3. The Place of Information in Economics -- 4. Communication: Blindspot of Western Economics -- 5. On Political Economy -- 6. Information, Economics, and Ecosystem -- 7. T.R. Malthus and the Origins of Communication in Economics -- 8. The Communication Theory of Thorstein Veblen -- 9. The Communication Theory of Kenneth E. Boulding -- 10. Emergence and Development of Canadian Communications: Dispelling the Myths -- 11. Telecommunications Policy: Real World of the Canadian Information Highway -- 12. "Life Is Information": Canadian Communication and the Legacy of Graham Spry
Control code
33045645
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 270 pages
Isbn
9780813326726
Lccn
95037854
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1730668

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