Only since the 1970s have the East European Socialist countries (known collectively as Comecon) participated in the international exchange of technology as exporters. In this book, Drs. Monkiewicz and Maciejewicz analyze the technology export performance of the Comecon countries. They begin by defining the nature of technology as a commodity, analyzing the structural characteristics of the international market, and outlining both the cost and benefits of technology export. Later chapters provide an overview of Comecon technological policies in the 1970s, with particular attention to the export-import factor and Comecon regional technological cooperation. In-depth analysis is presented through case studies of the experiences of Poland and Czechoslovakia. The book concludes with a discussion of the implications of technology export by socialist countries, particularly its potential impact on existing global patterns of technological dependence and domination.
Introduction -- Technology as Commodity -- Technology in CMEA -- Export of Technology from CMEA in the 1970s—A Macroview -- Technology Export from CMEA—Case Studies of Poland and Czechoslovakia -- Technology Export from Comecon and East-West-South Cooperation -- Significance and Implications of Technology Export from the Socialist Countries