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Elusive Transformation : Science, Technology, and the Evolution of International Politics

Elusive Transformation : Science, Technology, and the Evolution of International Politics - 93 edition

Elusive Transformation : Science, Technology, and the Evolution of International Politics - 93 edition

ISBN13: 9780691037707

ISBN10: 0691037701

Elusive Transformation : Science, Technology, and the Evolution of International Politics by Eugene B. Skolnikoff - ISBN 9780691037707
Edition: 93
Copyright: 1993
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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Elusive Transformation : Science, Technology, and the Evolution of International Politics by Eugene B. Skolnikoff - ISBN 9780691037707

ISBN13: 9780691037707

ISBN10: 0691037701

Edition: 93

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Summary

Eugene Skolnikoff treats the roles of science and technology across the entire range of relations among nations, including security and economic issues, environmental questions, international economic competitiveness, the spread of weapons technology, the demise of communism, the new content of dependency relations, and the demanding new problems of national and international governance. He shows how the structure and operation of the scientific and technological enterprises have interacted with international affairs to lead to the dramatic evolution of world politics experienced in this century, particularly after World War II.

Author Bio

Skolnik, Eugene B. : Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Eugene B. Skolnik off is Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been Director of the Center for International Studies at MIT, and has served on the staff of the White House Office of Science and Technology in several administrations.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface


1. The Setting

Assessing the Interaction of Science and Technology with International Affairs
Primary Questions
Some Comments on Theoretical Issues and Literature
Science and Technology as Causes of Societal Change
What Is Meant by "Science" and "Technology"
Plan of the Study

2. The Scientific and Technological Enterprises and the Direction of Technological Change

Historical Evolution
The New Enterprises
Patterns of Outcomes and Effects

3. National Security

Nuclear-Weapons Systems
Scientific and Technological Factors in Strategic Nuclear Relationships
The Evolution and Diffusion of Military Power and Capability
Arms Control
Some Summary Comments

4. Economies and Polities

Global Integration
Economic Growth, Trade, and Competition
North-South Transfer of Technology and Dependency
Old and New Dimensions : Geopolitical Measures
Large Systems
Some Summary Comments

5. Global Dangers

Global Warning
Other Global Dangers

6. Practical Problems of Governance : Institutions and Processes

Time
Technical Content of Issues
Role of Foreign Offices
International Cooperation
International Organizations
Some Additional Issues
In Sum

7. Conclusions and Observations

Some Summary Conclusions and Generalizations
The Processes, Outcomes, and Consequences of Science and Technology
Theoretical Debates
Comments on Policy
Coda

Notes
Index