|The Uncertain Quest: Science, Technology, and Development (UNU, 1994, 531 pages)|
The economic and social development of a nation have become directly dependent on the strength of its scientific and technological base. In order to take advantage of the full range of available technologies - from traditional to highly advanced for the purpose of development, concepts such as the management of technological pluralism and of technology blending have emerged as key components in the design and implementation of scientific and technological policies for development.
The United Nations University has established an extensive network of scholars representing different disciplines, cultural values, and perspectives in approaching the issues of science, technology, and development. Considerable research has been carried out and knowledge accumulated through country studies and regional comparative studies. Building on this experience, the UNU invited a selected group of specialists mainly from its network to develop a sourcebook on science and technology policies to be published in several languages. The book provides a scholarly assessment of the role of science and technology in the development process and a critical analysis of their social, economic, and political dimensions.