Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745332659 Published July 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Dot.compradors: Power and Policy in the Development of the Indian Software Industry

Jyoti Saraswati

Dot.compradors: Power and Policy in the Development of the Indian Software Industry

Jyoti Saraswati

Distributed for Pluto Press

184 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745332659 Published July 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745332666 Published July 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

'India Shining' has become the brand name for a new India presented in Bollywood films, advertisements and books. A key part of this image is the software industry, held up as the symbol of prosperity and post-modernity.

Opening with a primer on 'the Seven Leading Myths about the Indian Software Industry', Dot.compradors reveals the darker reality behind 'India Shining', providing a history of the industry from the 1970s to the present day. Jyoti Saraswati punctures the myth of a free-market industry by showing the role of state intervention and how vested interests and elite corruption have shaped, and continue to shape, one of the world’s most dynamic sectors.

Both a detailed case study and a wider consideration of development issues, Dot.compradors argues that the interests presently attached to the software industry and the policies they are pursuing are both an impediment to the growth of local software firms and to a broader-based, more egalitarian form of development in India.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
A Note on the Terminology
Glossary
List of Figures
A Primer: the Seven Leading Myths about the Indian IT Industry
Chapter 1: Introduction
Part I: The Context
Chapter 2: The Global Software Services Industry: An Overview
Chapter 3: The Development of the Software Industry in India: Existing Explanations and their Shortcomings
Chapter 4: The Political Economy of State Intervention and Industrial Transformation: An Analytical Framework
Part II: The Development of the Indian IT Industry
Chapter 5: IT Started with a War
Chapter 6: Catalytic Corruption: The Domestic Software Services Boom, 1978-1986
Chapter 7: Manna from Heaven: Satellites, Optic Fibres and the Export Thrust, 1986-2000
Chapter 8: Passage to India: The Giants in the Land of the Majors, 2000-2010
Part III: The Analysis
Chapter 9: The Indian Mutiny: From Potential IT Superpower to Back Office of the World
Chapter 10: Lessons from the Lies: What Does IT Mean?
Chapter 11: Conclusion: Of Compradors and Useful Idiots
Notes
Appendices
Index

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