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The Elusive Transformation : Science, Technology, and the Evolution of International Politics - Eugene B. Skolnikoff

The Elusive Transformation

Science, Technology, and the Evolution of International Politics

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Published: 1st August 1994
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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.

"Thought-provoking... Although the broad relationship that emerges between science and technology and international affairs is a dynamic one, Skolnikoff argues that the process of change is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Skolnikoff is talented at weaving the argument between science and technology and international developments... Full of stimulating and informative ideas."--Margaret Sharp, Nature "A volume of sweeping ambition, covering both past and contemporary trends... This compact volume offers much to anyone interested in current global trends, not least to those in the scientific, engineering and medical communities... With almost 40 years of intense professional involvement in this subject ... Skolnikoff brings an extraordinary range of both scholarship and practical experience to this debate."--American Scientist "... without doubt the best general introduction available... will undoubtedly be the general 'reference of choice' in technology and international affairs for years to come."--IEEE Spectrum "This book offers a very well written and thoughtful overview of the likely impacts of science and technology on international politics."--George H. Quester, American Political Science Review "... a remarkably good review of the full range of the science and technology of international politics."--Allan Mazur, Contemporary Sociology "A volume of sweeping ambition, covering both past and contemporary trends... This compact volume offers much to anyone interested in current global trends, not least to those in the scientific, engineering and medical communities... With almost 40 years of intense professional involvement in this subject ... Skolnikoff brings an extraordinary range of both scholarship and practical experience to this debate."--Rodney W. Nichols, American Scientist

Prefacep. ix
p. 1
The Settingp. 3
Assessing the Interaction of Science and Technology with International Affairsp. 5
Primary Questionsp. 8
Some Comments on Theoretical Issues and Literaturep. 9
Science and Technology as Causes of Societal Changep. 10
What Is Meant by "Science" and "Technology"p. 12
Plan of the Studyp. 15
The Scientific and Technological Enterprises and the Direction of Technological Changep. 16
Historical Evolutionp. 16
The New Enterprisesp. 21
Patterns of Outcomes and Effectsp. 39
p. 45
National Securityp. 49
Nuclear-Weapons Systemsp. 51
Scientific and Technological Factors in Strategic Nuclear Relationshipsp. 54
The Evolution and Diffusion of Military Power and Capabilityp. 71
Arms Controlp. 83
Some Summary Commentsp. 87
Economies and Politiesp. 93
Global Integrationp. 93
Economic Growth, Trade, and Competitionp. 112
North-South Transfer of Technology and Dependencyp. 132
Old and New Dimensions: Geopolitical Measuresp. 140
Large Systemsp. 166
Some Summary Commentsp. 172
Global Dangersp. 175
Global Warmingp. 176
Other Global Dangersp. 199
Practical Problems of Governance: Institutions and Processesp. 202
Timep. 202
Technical Content of Issuesp. 206
Role of Foreign Officesp. 209
International Cooperationp. 210
International Organizationsp. 212
Some Additional Issuesp. 216
In Sump. 218
p. 221
Conclusions and Observationsp. 223
Some Summary Conclusions and Generalizationsp. 223
The Processes, Outcomes, and Consequences of Science and Technologyp. 239
Theoretical Debatesp. 241
Comments on Policyp. 246
Codap. 248
Notesp. 253
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780691037707
ISBN-10: 0691037701
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 1st August 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.49  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.51