Computer Models and Thatcherist Futures: From Monopolies to Markets in British Telecommunications

  title={Computer Models and Thatcherist Futures: From Monopolies to Markets in British Telecommunications},
  author={Jacob Ward},
  journal={Technology and Culture},
  pages={843 - 870}
  • J. Ward
  • Published 1 September 2020
  • Economics
  • Technology and Culture
abstract: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… 


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