Social Science History/Technology Workshop
The Economics Department and the Program in History and Philosophy of Science present:
"Forged Consensus: Science, Technology,
and Economic Policy in the United States, 1921-1953"
John F. Kennedy School of Government
April 22, 1998, 3:15 pm
Landau Building, Room 140 Stanford University
This project challenges the creation myth of post-World War II federal
science and technology policy. According to this myth, the postwar policy
sprang full-blown from the mind of Vannevar Bush in Science, the Endless
Frontier (1945) and has merely been implemented (if somewhat unfaithfully)
over the past half-century or so. The seminar will put Bush's efforts in a
larger historical and political context, reaching back to before the
Depression and encompassing such figures as Herbert Hoover, Thurman Arnold,
Henry Wallace, Robert Taft, and Curtis LeMay, along with those, like Bush,
whose influence on American science and technology policy is more familiar.
The ideas of these science and technology "policy entrepreneurs" were often
in conflict with one another, yet all left legacies that are with us still.
What later observers interpreted as a "postwar consensus" is a far more
complex and tension-ridden inheritance.
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