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Fall of the Bell System A Study in Prices and Politics

ISBN-10: 0521389291
ISBN-13: 9780521389297
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Description: AT&T's divestiture was the largest corporate reorganization in history and has had international repercussions. It was a major development in American economic policy, and a prominent part of the deregulation movement of the late 1970s. This study  More...

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Book details

List price: $57.00
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/28/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

AT&T's divestiture was the largest corporate reorganization in history and has had international repercussions. It was a major development in American economic policy, and a prominent part of the deregulation movement of the late 1970s. This study reveals the internal decision-making process at AT&T and explains how private and public interests combined to shape corporate and public policy in late 20th-century America. Temin weaves the strands of politics, economics, business, and law into an accessible narrative history that will be of interest to the general reader who wants to know about government business interaction and how it affects American citizens. Temin portrays divestiture as a great experiment in public policy, competition, openness, and international policy. He concludes that the experiment has been a mix of deliberate design and uncontrollable forces whose outcome was not foreseen.

Peter Temin is Elisha Gray II Professor Emeritus of Economics at MIT and the author of Lessons from the Great Depression (MIT Press) and other books. Temin and Vines are coauthors of The Leaderless Economy: Why the World Economic System Fell Apart and How to Fix It.

List of tables, figures, and plates
Preface
Acknowledgments
Note on sources
Introduction
Setting the stage
Competition comes to the Bell System
Action and reaction
The conflict broadens
Fighting on all fronts
Reaching agreement
Creating the new order
Reflections
Index

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