Published in 1984, this book reviews British industrial policy towards information technology within the context of the international trading system. It argues that the incoherence of British policy stems from the clash between its core liberal ideology and its centralised political system and that unless Britiain's traditional liberal ideology in trade policy was abandoned within this market, Britiain was set to become a mere technological dependency of America. It discusses how the British government needed to develop effective non-tariff barriers in the form of 'industrial policy' to minimise the political and economic costs of technological dependence.
Table of Contents
1. Expanding Markets, The International Framework and Industrial Policy 2. Ideology, State Control and British Industrial Policy 3. Markets: Telecommunicatons, Computers & Micro-Electronics 4. Telecommunications 5. Computers 6. Microeletronics 7. Comparative Strategies and Alternative Models of Industrial Policy 8. Conclusion