© 1991

Social Responses to Large Technical Systems

Control or Anticipation

  • Todd R. La Porte

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASID, volume 58)

About this book


This volume stems from the efforts of scholars who seek to understand the social dynamics of large technical systems. The purpose is to develop concepts and empirical knowledge concerning the dynamics of such systems, with particular emphasis on the processes ofcontrol and/or management in a variety of national settings, and to improve the basis of public policy so that future developments might be less distressing in consequence and more shaped to the desires of their "host" societies. One vehicle for this enterprise is a series of international conferences on the Evolution andDynamics ofLarge Technical Systems (LTSs). This series was instituted to encourage the coalescence of the multidisciplinary group of scholars who are actively engaging in the empirical study of these phenomena. Their disciplines span history, sociology, political science, and economics studies. They come Australia, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, and West Germany. And they possess strong backgrounds in the empirical study of specific technical areas and a taste for conceptual and theoretical integration.


Evolution Governance Integration NATO Nation Policy communication evaluation knowledge political science production sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Todd R. La Porte
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Institute of Governmental StudiesUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Social Responses to Large Technical Systems
  • Book Subtitle Control or Anticipation
  • Editors Todd R. La Porte
  • Series Title NATO ASI Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-1192-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-5504-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-3400-2
  • Series ISSN 0258-123X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 190
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Environmental Management
    Political Science
    Sociology, general
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