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This guide deals with the information economy - the latest of a succession of 'new' economies.

It highlights studies about the nature and dimensions of e-business and the 'wired' economy, looking at issues such as globalisation, the state, innovation, m-commerce, the content industries and reportage of the internet boom. 

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The following pages cover -

  • new or old? - the uniqueness and characteristics of the 'new' economy
  • size & shape - detailed pointers to resources about its size and shape
  • globalisation - information about globalisation
  • legal frameworks - an exploration of national and international law in the 'borderless world'
  • the state - the role of the state in the networked economy
  • innovation - studies of innovation and competition in the new economy
  • volatility - perspectives on the scale and frequency of change, economic and otherwise
  • models - internet business models: B2B, B2C, C2C
  • offshoring and outsourcing - economics, politics, administration and contemporary angst about offshoring and outsourcing
  • m-commerce - the latest mantra, probably the most problematical of all. We consider examples and some of the more perceptive studies
  • infotainment - the shape of broadcasting, book and newspaper publishing and other content industries in the age of the internet
  • services - the services sector
  • advocacy - a map of major new economy advocacy groups in Australia and overseas
  • voodoo - an irreverent look at the 'new economy' business, the black art of selling silicon snake oil to an eager audience
  • logistics - underpinning the digital economy
  • factories - manufacturing
  • retailing
  • creatives - debate about 'the creatives'
  • complexes - the industrial-academic, military-industrial and other complexes
  • consumers - consumption and the new economy
  • carbon economy - energy use and supplies
  • ecologies - is the net and the 'information economy' necessary cleaner and greener?
  • bankruptcy - the debtor's last gasp or a chance to catch breath and recoup?

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We are living in what is merely the latest of a succession of 'new' economies - some argue that they appear every fifty years or so. 

Contrary to the apocalyptic vision of gurus such as George Gilder or Nicholas Negroponte, digital technology doesn't mean the end of the business cycle or represents a fundamental break with the past. It also doesn't mean the death of the state or the end of your bete noir (government, small business, large corporations, take your pick). However new technology does offer fresh opportunities - and new challenges. 

This guide is more general than most on the Caslon Analytics site. It looks at some of the features of the old/new economy. And it draws together issues that recur in several guides: the shape of regulation in the 'borderless world', the rights and responsibilities of participants in the economy, the impact of an economy in which information is a major commodity.

The guide is under construction: particular pages will be unavailable on occasion and the text will change. 

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version of December 2006
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