The Global Politics of Science and Technology - Vol. 1

Concepts from International Relations and Other Disciplines

  • Maximilian Mayer
  • Mariana Carpes
  • Ruth Knoblich

Part of the Global Power Shift book series (GLOBAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Maximilian Mayer, Mariana Carpes, Ruth Knoblich
    Pages 1-35
  3. Approaches and Debates About Sciences and Technologies Within IR

  4. Interventions from STS, History, Innovation Studies and Geography

  5. Interlude: Exploring a Multi-Disciplinary Field

About this book


An increasing number of scholars have begun to see science and technology as relevant issues in International Relations (IR), acknowledging the impact of material elements, technical instruments, and scientific practices on international security, statehood, and global governance. This two-volume collection brings the debate about science and technology to the center of International Relations. It shows how integrating science and technology translates into novel analytical frameworks, conceptual approaches and empirical puzzles, and thereby offers a state-of-the-art review of various methodological and theoretical ways in which sciences and technologies matter for the study of international affairs and world politics. The authors not only offer a set of practical examples of research frameworks for experts and students alike, but also propose a conceptual space for interdisciplinary learning in order to improve our understanding of the global politics of science and technology.

This first volume summarizes various time-tested approaches for studying the global politics of science and technology from an IR perspective. It also provides empirical, theoretical, and conceptual interventions from geography, history, innovation studies, and science and technology studies that indicate ways to enhance and rearticulate IR approaches. In addition, several interviews advance possibilities of multi-disciplinary collaboration.


Interdisciplinarity International Relations Techno-Politics Technological Determinism Technology and Science

Editors and affiliations

  • Maximilian Mayer
    • 1
  • Mariana Carpes
    • 2
  • Ruth Knoblich
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Bonn Center for Global StudiesBonnGermany
  2. 2.GIGA German Institute of Global and Area StudiesHamburgGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Political Science and Sociology, University of Bonn, Bonn, GermanyInstitute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, GermanyBonn, BochumGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-55006-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-55007-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-7343
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-7351
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