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Postscript: a Note on Globalization, Information Technology and World Inequality

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Abstract

Most of the previous chapters have been concerned with the mechanisms through which information technologies have influenced the pattern of globalization between — and to a lesser extent within — developing countries. In this brief note we try to ‘complete’ the picture, by considering how those same mechanisms influence the extent to which the benefits of the globalization thus induced, accrue to developed rather than developing countries. For, whereas our basic conceptual framework rests heavily on the technological relationship between developed and developing countries, we have thus far made no attempt to analyse this relationship or to determine whether in practice it conforms to what we would expect. In particular, the essence of that framework is that the distributional effects of information technology need to be understood in relation to the fact that such technology is generated in and for the circumstances prevailing in the developed rather than the developing countries.

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Information Technology Adoption Rate Previous Chapter Human Development Report Cellular User 
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References

  1. M. Howland (1995). ‘Information Technology and the Location of Computer Services: Location of Data Entry and Processing Services’, in Information Technology for Development, Advanced Technology Assessment System, Issue 10, Autumn, UN.Google Scholar
  2. S. Watanabe (1995). ‘Microelectronics and the Third World Industries’, in Information Technology for Development, Advanced Technology Assessment System, Issue 10, Autumn, UN.Google Scholar

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© Jeffrey James 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tilburg UniversityThe Netherlands

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