This book began several years ago as a project organized by members of the Science and Technology Studies section of the American Political Science Association. It is part of an ongoing attempt by members of the section and others to focus scholarly attention on the political and social implications of technological change and scientific advances. Part of the concern is to identify theories, conceptual frameworks, and concepts from political science that can usefully be applied to the study of science and technology. Part of the concern is to explore how science and technologyrelated concerns help illuminate and test some of the enduring theories of political science. We hope to contribute to the development of a strong theoretical underpinning for science and technology studies. We hope that such an enrichment of the theoretical bases for understanding science and technology-related phenomena will also contribute to more effective and appropriate public policies for regulating and encouraging scientific and technological developments. This book is an attempt to marry theoretical exposition and applied policy inquiry.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments -- About the Editor and Contributors -- PART ONE -- INTRODUCTION -- 1 Science, Technology, and Policy Analysis in Congress: An Introduction /Gary C. Bryner -- 2 Toward More Usable Technology Policy Analyses /E. f. Woodhouse -- 3 Institutional Structures and Technology Policy in Congress: Toward an Applied Policy Science /William W. Keller -- PART TWO -- CASE STUDIES IN CONGRESS AND POLICY ANALYSIS -- 4 Congress, the Environment, and Technology Assessment /Kathryn D. Wagner -- 5 Technology, Analysis, and Policy Leadership: Congress and Radioactive Waste /Michael E. Kraft -- 6 Congressional Decision Making and Long-Term Technological Development: The Case of Nuclear Fusion /W. D. Kay -- 7 The Limits of Biomedical Technology Assessment: Values, Time, and Public Expectations /Robert H. Blank -- 8 The Role of Technology Assessment in Congressional Consideration of Biotechnology /L. Christopher Plein and David ]. Webber -- 9 Privacy, Efficiency, and Surveillance: Policy Choices in an Age of Computers and Communication Technologies /Priscilla M. Regan -- 10 Economic Policy, International Competitiveness, and the Role of Technology Policy /Gary C. Bryner -- PART THREE -- ASSESSING POLICY ANALYSIS: THE CHALLENGES OF TECHNOLOGY POLICY -- 11 Parliamentary Technology Assessment in Europe: A Comparative Perspective /Norman ]. Vig -- 12 Toward More Effective Policy Making for Sdence and Technology /Gary C. Bryner -- Index.
Gary C. Bryner is associate professor of political science, Brigham Young University, and author of Bureaucratic Discretion, In Search of the Republic, and a forthcoming book on the new Clean Air Act.