Conclusion: Institutional Dimensions of Knowledge System Design and Analysis

  • Steven Wolf
  • David Zilberman
Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 19)


This volume indicates that knowledge generation and technical change processes in agriculture, and perhaps throughout the economy, are evolving in important ways. Beyond specifying the rationale for and mechanics of these developments, the book raises our appreciation of the political and economic stakes involved. The position of the university in socio-technical systems is a leading theme. The university is an exemplar of a public resource in the broadest sense. Debate as to what functions it performs and which groups it services represents a point of entry to a set of overarching questions: what is the role of collective institutions in society, on what basis are claims to public resources deemed to be legitimate, and what mechanisms are available to the state to shape socioeconomic and technical development.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven Wolf
    • 1
  • David Zilberman
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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