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Politics and Technology

Standing Group

Established 1987 - Number of members: 131

Steering Committee Chair

  • Ulrich Hilpert (Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena)
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The focus of the Standing Group on Politics and Technology lies in the systematic relations of different levels of government (e.g. regional, national and European) with technological change and innovation. The research within the Standing Group has clearly indicated a European path of how governments can both support and initiate technology development and innovation. Governmental activities, as well as their causes and effects, vary throughout European countries according to institutions, history and culture, even more in comparison to North America and to new industrialising countries like Singapore or Taiwan. Research on these topics requires an interdisciplinary, comparative approach with political science as an important contribution.