The Elusive Transformation: Science, Technology, and the Evolution of International Politics / Edition 1

The Elusive Transformation: Science, Technology, and the Evolution of International Politics / Edition 1

by Eugene B. Skolnikoff
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691037701

ISBN-13: 9780691037707

Pub. Date: 08/22/1994

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691037707
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/22/1994
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1The Setting3
Assessing the Interaction of Science and Technology with International Affairs5
Primary Questions8
Some Comments on Theoretical Issues and Literature9
Science and Technology as Causes of Societal Change10
What Is Meant by "Science" and "Technology"12
Plan of the Study15
2The Scientific and Technological Enterprises and the Direction of Technological Change16
Historical Evolution16
The New Enterprises21
Patterns of Outcomes and Effects39
3National Security49
Nuclear-Weapons Systems51
Scientific and Technological Factors in Strategic Nuclear Relationships54
The Evolution and Diffusion of Military Power and Capability71
Arms Control83
Some Summary Comments87
4Economies and Polities93
Global Integration93
Economic Growth, Trade, and Competition112
North-South Transfer of Technology and Dependency132
Old and New Dimensions: Geopolitical Measures140
Large Systems166
Some Summary Comments172
5Global Dangers175
Global Warning176
Other Global Dangers199
6Practical Problems of Governance: Institutions and Processes202
Time202
Technical Content of Issues206
Role of Foreign Offices209
International Cooperation210
International Organizations212
Some Additional Issues216
In Sum218
7Conclusions and Observations223
Some Summary Conclusions and Generalizations223
The Processes, Outcomes, and Consequences of Science and Technology239
Theoretical Debates241
Comments on Policy246
Coda248
Notes253
Index305

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