United States and Technology Policy

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As Washington rushes toward a more activist technology strategy, it risks falling victim to the parochial interests and self-serving arguments that have too often doomed previous technology promotion efforts. Rather than simply providing subsidies to America's high-technology industries, policy makers must attack the fundamental failures of the existing system in a manner consistent with the nation's political and economic culture. This valuable and comprehensive analysis confirms both the urgent need for a new ...
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Overview

As Washington rushes toward a more activist technology strategy, it risks falling victim to the parochial interests and self-serving arguments that have too often doomed previous technology promotion efforts. Rather than simply providing subsidies to America's high-technology industries, policy makers must attack the fundamental failures of the existing system in a manner consistent with the nation's political and economic culture. This valuable and comprehensive analysis confirms both the urgent need for a new federal technology strategy and the severe constraints under which it will have to operate.
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Predicting that the US government is rushing to a more activist technology strategy in response to the collapse of the Soviet Union, economic competition from allies, and a decade of fiscally irresponsible governments, argues that simply subsidizing high- technology industries will only pander to parochial interests, and that what is needed is an attack on the fundamental failures in a manner consistent with the country's political and economic culture. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312099619
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/1/1993
  • Pages: 210

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 American Competitiveness: Fire Bells and False Alarms 17
3 American Enterprise and the Global Technology Environment 55
4 American Precedents and the Politics of Technology 79
5 Technology Policy and the Nation's Security 107
6 Setting the Goals for a Federal Technology Policy 157
7 Seeking Solutions: Systemic Constraints on Technology Development 169
8 Policy Lessons from Theory and History 199
Selected Bibliography 221
Index 227
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