Per Högselius: Royal Institute of technology
Abstract: From the perspective of science and technology the period from the late 1960s marked the dawn of a number of revolutionary discoveries and inventions, such as the microprocessor and the technology of recombinant DNA. These and other developments, which as a rule originated outside Sweden, would with time open up a vast space of opportunities for industry and business as well as for other parts of society, and they would play key roles in the painful process of structural change in the Swedish economy during the decades that were to come.Against this background, Swedish state actors faced tremendous new challenges in their efforts to influence science- and technology-related activities in the country. The purpose of this paper is to explore how the Swedish state attempted to respond to these new challenges, and how state actors sought new ways to legitimate their actions – at a time when the myths of neutrality and welfare appeared more and more to be losing much of their attraction and broad acceptance.
33 pages, April 2, 2008
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