Published in 1997. Developments in information technology and telecommunications are giving new meaning to the concepts of space and time. In particular the concepts of "local" and "global" are starting to merge together even though they apparently represent entirely different scales. One example is "telework", also known as "telecommuting". Another is the rapid growth of outsourcing. These developments are based on new technologies such as multimedia, rapid improvements in storage technologies, and the information superhighway, including the Internet. The structure of the world's telecommunications industry is changing and, in addition, political and social autonomy is breaking down. The role of the nation state is challenged, as are the old avenues and levers of political power. Nation states have attempted to grab functional control over the emerging infrastructure, but they are ultimately unable to exert control over the flood of information surging around the world. There still remains a strong middle ground between local and global, dominated by multinational corporaions and governments.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Global Perspectives 1. From Geospace to Geocyberspace: Territories and Teleinteraction, Henry Bakis 2. Integrating the Local Level into Global Reality: Some Areas May Have an Edge, Pascal Gillon 3. The Geopolitical Stakes of Cyperspace, Federick Douzet Part 2: Regional Perspectives 4. Information Networks as an Alternative to Regional Isolation: The Balearic Islands, Joana Marie Segui Pons 5. Technology Innovation and Regional Competitiveness, Carmela Gargiulo, Rosa Anna La Rocca and Marialuce Stanganelli 6. The Role of Local Access Networks in Regional Economic Intergration in Eastern Europe, Michael Berlage 7. Regional Competitiveness: Why the Greater Bay Area Needs to Reengineer its Telecommunications Infrastructure, Edward Mozley Roche 8. Attracting Information Technology Investment to Ireland’s Branch Plant Economy, Seamus Grimes Part 3: Corporate Perspectives 9. Information and Communication Technology in France’s Modernization of City Authorities, Emmanuel Eveno 10. The Uses of ICT in Swedish Business: Prerequisites for Local and Regional Competitiveness, Sten Olaf David Lorentzon 11. Firms, Networks and Territories: Interaction in Situations of Co-presence and Telepresence, Yolande Combes and Christine Sammer 12. Post Office in France: The Dilemma of Relocation, Eric Blin and Yves Guermond.