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Shaping Technology, Guiding Policy

Concepts, Spaces and Tools Edited by Knut H. Sørensen, Professor of Sociology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway and Robin Williams, Professor of Socio-Economic Research, The University of Edinburgh, UK
This book makes significant advances in analysing the relationship between technology and society. It highlights both the policy implications of this relationship and new possibilities for intervention by government, policymakers, managers and the public.
Extent: 424 pp
Hardback Price: $173.00 Web: $155.70
Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 978 1 84064 649 8
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  • Innovation and Technology
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This book makes significant advances in analysing the relationship between technology and society. It highlights both the policy implications of this relationship and new possibilities for intervention by government, policymakers, managers and the public.

Shaping Technology, Guiding Policy examines and utilises a variety of recently emerging concepts which highlight the scope for local discretion and choice in the way that technologies are designed and used as well as the broader structures and systems that may serve to restrict choice. By applying these concepts to an analysis of case studies of various social and technical settings, the book explores their utility for understanding the ways in which contemporary technologies are developed and applied and how they are made to influence society.

Academics and researchers from a wide variety of perspectives will find this new book fascinating reading, including scholars from science and technology studies, technology policy and the management of technology. Technology policymakers and practitioners would also find the book of interest.
‘This volume represents the latest thinking of the eminent group of scholars dedicated to our understanding of the “social shaping of technology”. They have joined economic historians, evolutionary economists, and those doing studies of innovation, in enriching our understanding of the important yet subtle interactions between technology and society.’
– The late Keith Pavitt, formerly of SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, UK
Contributors: C. Clausen, F. Geels, U. Jørgensen, C. Koch, P. Næsje, W. Rammert, A. Rip, S. Russell, J. Schot, K.H. Sørensen, O.H. Sørensen, H.S. Spilker, L. Strunge, K.M. Weber, R. Williams
Contents: Preface Part I: Overview of Developments in the Field and Their Implications for Policy Part II: New Tools for Analysing and Intervening Index