Technology, institutions, and government policies /

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Imprint:New York : St. Martin's, 1985.
Description:x, 265 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Subject:Technology and state
Technology and state -- Developing countries
Technology and state.
Developing countries.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:James, Jeffrey
Watanabe, Susumu
ISBN:0312790066 : $29.95
Notes:Includes bibliographies and indexes.
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Assumptions about government's role in the promotion, transfer, or dissemination of technology for modernization or ``re-industrialization'' are profligate. This volume, the result of a project sponsored by the International Labour Office (ILO), clarifies what is known about this role and how it can be improved. The eight contributions, written by academic economists and staff researchers from the ILO, UN Conference on Trade and Development, World Bank, and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, are divided into three sections. First, James and Watanabe summarize the major issues addressed by the volume. Second, a series of ``conceptual approach'' essays examine the effect of political economy factors on ``appropriate technology,'' the application of game theory to choosing technology, and the relationship between appropriate technology and the composition of poverty within countries. Finally, a series of ``empirical'' essays-valuable in their own right as case studies-examine government tools to promote technology in Egypt and Japan, and (externally) through the actions of bi- and multilateral aid organizations. The diversity of methodologies, voluminous references, and high quality of writing and analysis throughout this volume bear promise to its value for academics interested in technology and political modernization. University collections.-D.L. Feldman, Moorhead State University

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