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Governmentality and the information society: ICT policy practices in Greece under the influence of the European Union

Chini, Ioanna (2010) Governmentality and the information society: ICT policy practices in Greece under the influence of the European Union. PhD thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science.

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The perceived socio-economic significance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has dramatically expanded the domains in which this cluster of technologies is being discussed and acted upon. Action to promote the 'information society' has made its way into governmental policy. National technology policy and action cannot however be adequately understood solely as the calculation of needs according to the development aspirations of the country concerned. Instead it needs to be placed in the intersection of simultaneous efforts by national and international organisations to shape technological developments. This research examines the nature of efforts made to promote ICT innovation through national policies and programmes in the midst of international and regional influences. The thesis involves the historical analysis of the policies for ICT diffusion in Greece within the context of the European efforts to promote the information society. It examines how the Greek state undertook to implement a large-scale ICT programme, in the backdrop of hesitant attempts at modernisation and technological innovation. The research traces the emergence of the ICT programme and the European visions which framed it, and explores the discourses and practices through which it came to materialise. The research is theoretically infomred by Foucault's ideas on governmentality, focusing on the government and self-government of conduct. The study explores the discourses sustained through the European and Greek policies on the information society. Practices of funding, monitoring and reporting are also scrutinised to understand the forms of discipline and contestation they gave rise to. Through this theoretical analysis, the research engages in a context-sensitive examination of the taken-for-granted relationship between policies and their implementation. The main contribution of the thesis lies in illuminating the often neglected role of international and regional organisations in shaping technological agendas, and the material practices which allow them to operate effectively across distances.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: © 2010 Ioanna Chini
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Sets: Departments > Management
Supervisor: Avgerou, Chrisanthi

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