The state and the development of an information society: Greek policy and experience

Boucas, Dimitris (2017) The state and the development of an information society: Greek policy and experience. British Journal of Sociology, 68 (3). pp. 556-580. ISSN 0007-1315

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The paper looks into the dynamics of information society policy and its implementation in the Greek context. It argues that information society development is a contested process, influenced by pre-existing state, economy and society relations. Based on this, it looks into the different aspects of the idiosyncratic path which the evolution of the Greek information society has followed, particularly after 2000. Using Bob Jessop's strategic-relational approach (SRA) to the state as an analytical framework and drawing on a number of in-depth interviews with relevant political actors, it provides insights into policy implementation by examining: the public management of information technology projects, how such projects were received in bureaucratic structures and practices, as well as the relationship between the state and the information and communication technology (ICT) sector in public procurement processes. The emphasis is on the period 2000–2008, during which a major operational programme on the information society in Greece was put into effect. The paper also touches upon the post-2008 experience, suggesting that information society developments might include dynamics operating independently and even in contradiction to the state agenda.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: information society; information and communication technology; state; policy; strategic-relational approach; Greece;
Subjects: University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design
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Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2016 12:59
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