Political ComputingComputer and electronic data processing are a major technological innovation in the operations operations of governments and business and organizations across America. Computers and Politics empirically analyzes the politics related to this innovation, using data collected in American local governments as part of the Urban Information Systems (URBIS) Project carred out from 1973 to 1978.Computers and Politics examines the control of and the interests served by computers in American local governments. Focusing on questions of power and influence, the authors evaluate the impacts of computing on government services and management decision-making. The authors also provide those managers and officials who make policies with insight and guidance for the better use of information technology.This book begins by looking at the concept of technology, then develops a definition of computer technology as a "package.: Four alternative perspectives for understanding the politics of
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