Political Management and the Technological Revolution

Authored by: Stephen K. Medvic

Routledge Handbook of Political Management

Print publication date:  August  2008
Online publication date:  March  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415962254
eBook ISBN: 9780203892138
Adobe ISBN: 9781135897499


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Those seeking to obtain and maintain power have always harnessed technology to support their efforts. The present era is not different in this respect. What is unique, however, is the relatively recent development of a class of professional managers who are skilled, if not formally trained, in the use of technology to achieve political goals. They do not seek power for themselves, but for those who pay for their assistance. Some of these managers are primarily technicians; others provide strategic guidance. Nevertheless, the interplay of technology and politics can best be studied by observing these professional political managers, for it is they who adopt technological means for political ends.

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