Theoretical Approaches to Technological Change and Political Control Across Disciplines

  • Karl Matthias Weber
Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)


A number of key concepts are frequently used in the context of research on technological change, but often with significantly different connotations. Meanings differ among disciplinary contexts, and also among different authors. The following brief discussion of such key terms aims to provide a foundation for the study on CHP and to avoid misunderstandings with regard to the various disciplines from which inputs will be used. At the end of Section 2.1, a general typology of models of theoretical approaches to technological change will be suggested. The discussion of different disciplinary ways of theorising about technological change will be discussed along the lines of this typology in the sections 2.2 to 2.5.


Technological Change Political Science Regulatory Regime Innovation Diffusion Political Control 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl Matthias Weber
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  1. 1.Institute for Prospective Technological StudiesJoint Research Centre European CommissionSevillaSpain

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