Digital television policy : an evolutionary critique

Harvey, Edward Martin. (2001). Digital television policy : an evolutionary critique Honours Thesis, School of Economics, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Harvey, Edward Martin.
Thesis Title Digital television policy : an evolutionary critique
School, Centre or Institute School of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2001
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Total pages 112
Language eng
Subjects 14 Economics
Formatted abstract
This thesis attempts to use an evolutionary framework to critique the Australian Digital Television Policy. Important in this approach is the concept of variety being reliant on innovative activity in a system. This is at odds with the neoclassical approach to technological change, with its emphasis on statics as opposed to dynamics.

The policy introduced by the government is examined, along with the impact of the decision upon the development of the technology and on the potential players. A parallel is drawn with broadcasting regulation since the early 1920s, with the examination revealing a history of government intervention, which sought to protect powerful media incumbents at the expense of innovative new players.

Using this framework it is argued that the government has significantly reduced the number of combinations of innovative possibilities for firms within the broadcasting industry. It is argued that this will limit the innovative capabilities of entrepreneurs to experiment with new processes and services. Finally, the thesis will conclude with some policy recommendations for the sector. By proposing a general framework for analysis, the thesis hopes to promote further understanding of technological change and innovation within an evolutionary framework.


 
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