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Computer models and Thatcherist futures from monopolies to markets in British telecommunications

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Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s 1984 privatization of British Telecom was a landmark moment for neoliberalism. It served to popularize and vindicate the sale of state utilities around the world. This article shows how computer models of the future were central for British telecommunications’, and thus for Britain’s, transition from social democracy to neoliberalism, from monopoly to market. The British telecommunications network was a key interest in both the social democratic and neoliber...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1353/tech.2020.0076

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Mathematical Institute
Department:
Unknown
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-7118-8368
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Technology and Culture Journal website
Volume:
61
Issue:
3
Pages:
843-870
Publication date:
2020-09-01
Acceptance date:
2018-10-30
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EISSN:
1097-3729
ISSN:
0040-165X
Source identifiers:
950545
Language:
English
Pubs id:
pubs:950545
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uuid:381f99e8-bda5-4d64-a0a1-f9ff3136d4d0
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pubs:950545
Deposit date:
2018-12-05

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