Technical fouls : democratic dilemmas and technological change


Technical fouls : democratic dilemmas and technological change

John Kurt Jacobsen

Westview, 2000

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Includes bibliographical references and index



What is it that shapes the direction of technological progress in advanced industrial societies? Is it science?; technology itself?; or is it something even more potent and all-encompassing, such as power or money or politics? This volume addresses the topic by investigating how contemporary democratic capitalist states govern the development and deployment of their scientific and technological resources. The author examines the interaction of ideology, profits and power, and their combined effect upon technology policy in democracies. Although the book focuses mainly on the United States, for the sake of instructive comparison it also studies technological development of other societies, including the former Soviet Union and China. Some competing accounts of technical change across the borders include laissez faire, cultural and neo-Marxist markets.


  • Technology as a cultural system
  • the next wave - technology and prosperity in international perspective
  • technology and the military
  • environmentalism
  • alternatives.

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