This new volume, written by 13 recognized experts in their fields, is the first work to simultaneously investigate three major contexts in which techlogy transfer occurs--North-South, West-West, and East-West--and to bring together state of the art findings in this crucial issue. Drawn from papers prepared for a recent international conference on techlogy transfer, it includes the work of distinguished academicians, officials of government and international bodies, technical experts, corporate executives, and international lawyers. In the opening section, four specialists consider the transfer process from the vantage point of particular disciplines--ecomics, political science, law, and history--offering an integrative framework and principles instead of the usual narrow political or ecomic analysis. The second group of essays deals with North-South techlogy relations, stressing the role of techlogy in development, the prospects for the creation of scientific and techlogical capabilities in developing countries, and the central role of techlogy transfer in the agricultural/political ecomy of the Third World. The section on West-West transfers focuses on techlogical relations among industrialized nations, the status of Japan as a techlogical power, the interaction of science and techlogy, and the rule of multinational corporations. The final section investigates the strategic and military dimensions of techlogy transfer with Communist bloc nations. Three important topics are discussed: Western techlogy trade control policies toward the Communist block; the impact of Western techlogy on Soviet bloc countries; and China's emerging techlogy relations with the United States and other industrialized nations. A critical overview assesses the role of techlogy transfer in the overall techlogical process as well as in international affairs. Up-to-date bibliographies for each section makes the volume especially useful as a research tool for scholars and practitioners in the field.
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