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
ISBN-10:
0691037701
ISBN-13:
9780691037707
Pub. Date:
08/22/1994
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
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The Elusive Transformation: Science, Technology, and the Evolution of International Politics / Edition 1

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: 7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1 The Setting 3

Assessing the Interaction of Science and Technology with International Affairs 5

Primary Questions 8

Some Comments on Theoretical Issues and Literature 9

Science and Technology as Causes of Societal Change 10

What Is Meant by "Science" and "Technology" 12

Plan of the Study 15

2 The Scientific and Technological Enterprises and the Direction of Technological Change 16

Historical Evolution 16

The New Enterprises 21

Patterns of Outcomes and Effects 39

3 National Security 49

Nuclear-Weapons Systems 51

Scientific and Technological Factors in Strategic Nuclear Relationships 54

The Evolution and Diffusion of Military Power and Capability 71

Arms Control 83

Some Summary Comments 87

4 Economies and Polities 93

Global Integration 93

Economic Growth, Trade, and Competition 112

North-South Transfer of Technology and Dependency 132

Old and New Dimensions: Geopolitical Measures 140

Large Systems 166

Some Summary Comments 172

5 Global Dangers 175

Global Warning 176

Other Global Dangers 199

6 Practical Problems of Governance: Institutions and Processes 202

Time 202

Technical Content of Issues 206

Role of Foreign Offices 209

International Cooperation 210

International Organizations 212

Some Additional Issues 216

In Sum 218

7 Conclusions and Observations 223

Some Summary Conclusions and Generalizations 223

The Processes, Outcomes, and Consequences of Science and Technology 239

Theoretical Debates 241

Comments on Policy 246

Coda 248

Notes 253

Index 305

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