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New book: Parliaments and Technology [11.01.2000]


Norman J. Vig and Herbert Paschen (eds.)
Parliaments and Technology
The Development of Technology Assessment in Europe
Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000, 399 p., ISBN 0-7914-4304-3

The first comparative analysis of the development and practice of parliamentary technology assessment in different national settings, this book explains the origins, methods, and impacts in five European countries - Britain, France, Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands - and the European Parliament. It also provides a theoretical framework for comparing the institutionalization of new functions in different parliamentary systems and the influence of national political cultures on the conceptualization and operation of these new agencies.

Norman J. Vig is Professor of Political Science and the Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Carleton College. Herbert Paschen is Acting Director of the Technology Assessment Bureau of the German Parliament and former Director of the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis at the Research Centre Karlsruhe.


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