Empowering Technology: Implementing a U.S. Policy

Empowering Technology: Implementing a U.S. Policy

by Lewis M. Branscomb
     
 

Technology policy - whether we should have one and what form such a policy should take - was a core issue of the 1992 presidential campaign, and in
February 1993 the Clinton administration confirmed that fostering new technologies will be a critical part of its agenda for redirecting the American economy. To help orient the inevitable debates on this agenda,

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Overview

Technology policy - whether we should have one and what form such a policy should take - was a core issue of the 1992 presidential campaign, and in
February 1993 the Clinton administration confirmed that fostering new technologies will be a critical part of its agenda for redirecting the American economy. To help orient the inevitable debates on this agenda, experts from Harvard's Center for
Science and International Affairs here examine a set of key issues and problems that, taken together, define the scope and limits of such a policy.Among the topics discussed are the new relationship between federal and state governments implied by the administration's proposals, the usefulness of the concept of "critical technologies" for setting priorities, the creation of new missions for the national laboratories (particularly the three weapons laboratories), the changing nature of the social contract between the government and research universities, the problems that will confront the creation of a national information infrastruc­ture, the best ways to promote small- ­and medium-sized "driver" companies as well as civilian research and development generally, and the relationship between education and the requirements for work in the twenty-first century.Lewis M. Branscomb is Albert Pratt
Public Service Professor and Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Program at the Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard
University.

The MIT Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262521857
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
06/01/1993
Series:
Belfer Center Studies in International Security
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
About the Authors
1The National Technology Policy Debate1
2Targeting Critical Technologies36
3Funding Civilian and Dual-Use Industrial Technology64
4National Laboratories: The Search for New Missions and New Structures103
5Information Technology and Information Infrastructure135
6Industrial Extension and Innovation167
7Research Universities and the Social Contract for Science202
8Putting People First: Education, Jobs, and Economic Competitiveness235
9Empowering Technology Policy266
Acronyms295
Bibliography301
Index309

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