The government machine: a revolutionary history of the computer

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The government machine: a revolutionary history of the computer
Authors: Jon Agar
Year: 2003
Publisher: The MIT Press
Language: English
ISBN 13: 9780262266857
ISBN 10: 262266857
Categories: Computers, Computer Business and Culture
Pages: 320 / 319
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The government machine: a revolutionary history of the computer Jon Agar
In The Government Machine, Jon Agar traces the mechanization of government work in the United Kingdom from the nineteenth to the early twenty-first century. He argues that this transformation has been tied to the rise of “expert movements,” groups whose authority has rested on their expertise. The deployment of machines was an attempt to gain control over state action—a revolutionary move. Agar shows how mechanization followed the popular depiction of government as machine-like, with British civil servants cast as components of a general purpose “government machine”; indeed, he argues that today’s general purpose computer is the apotheosis of the civil servant.
Over the course of two centuries, government has become the major repository and user of information; the Civil Service itself can be seen as an information-processing entity. Agar argues that the changing capacities of government have depended on the implementation of new technologies, and that the adoption of new technologies has depended on a vision of government and a fundamental model of organization. Thus, to study the history of technology is to study the state, and vice versa. Categories:
Computers – Computer Business & Culture
Year:
2003
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Language:
english
Pages:
565
ISBN 10:
0262266857
ISBN 13:
9780262266857
Series:
History of computing
File:
22 MB

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