Technology policy

Technology policy

The study of technology policy or engineering and policy is taught at multiple universities.

Classic political science teaches technology as a black box. Similarly economics treats technology as a residual to explain otherwise inexplicable growth. The creation of the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy addressed the fact that policy can not treat all technologies as identical based on their social or economic variables. Technology policy is distinct from science studies but both claim Thomas Samuel Kuhn as a founder, while technology policy recognizes the importance of Vannevar Bush.

Technology policy approaches science as the pursuit of verifiable or falsifiable hypotheses, while science studies has a post-modern view whereby science is not thought to get at an objective reality. Technology policy is rarely post-modern. Its goal is the improvement of policy and organizations based on an understanding of the underlying scientific and technological constraints and potential. For example, some clean coal technologies via carbon sequestration and the allocation of electromagnetic spectrum by auction are ideas that emerged from technology policy schools.


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  • External links 2
    • Engineering and policy schools 2.1
    • Information technology and policy schools 2.2
    • Science and technology policy schools 2.3


  • The New Economics of Technology Policy Auth Dominique Foray Ed Edward Elgar ISBN 978 1 84844 349 5
  • Mastering a New Role Shaping Technology Policy for National Economic Performance ED. NAP ISBN 0-309-58407-8
  • Technology and Global Industry Companies and Nations in the World Economy ED. NAP ISBN 0-309-55501-9

External links

  • Technology Policy Group in LinkedIn

Engineering and policy schools

Information technology and policy schools

Science and technology policy schools