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A Guide to Space Law Terms

Edited by Henry Hertzfeld

The Elliott School of International Affairs' Space Policy Institute (SPI), in conjunction with the Secure World Foundation (SWF), published the first guide to space law terms in December 2012. Edited by Henry R. Hertzfeld, research professor of space policy and international affairs, the guide is an important initial step to clarifying more than 80 space law words, terms, and phrases.

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Technology and the Future, 12th Edition

Edited by Albert Teich

The 12th edition of Technology and the Future, a reader on technology and society edited by Albert Teich, research professor of science, technology and international affairs in CISTP, has been published by Cengage Learning. The book, which has been in print continuously for over 40 years, remains the best-selling text in its field. It includes 28 chapters by a wide range of authors from Pulitzer Prize-winner author Thomas Friedman to poet Wendell Berry and inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil. It is available from the publisher, from Amazon, and from many other sources.


Handbook on the Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation

Edited by Albert N. Link and Nicholas S. Vonortas, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013.

There has been a dramatic increase in expenditures on public goods over the past thirty years, particularly in the area of research and development. As governments explore the many opportunities for growth in this area, they - and the general public - are becoming
increasingly concerned with the transparency, accountability and performance of public programs. This pioneering Handbook offers a collection of critical essays on the theory and practice of program evaluation, written by some of the most well-known experts in the field.

Contributors include: S. Arvanitis, B. Bozeman, I. Feller, D.O. Gray, D. Hicks, J.E. Jankowski, G.B. Jordan, Albert N. Link,
J.D. Linton, A.C. O'Connor, R. Ruegg, J.T. Scott, N.S. Vonortas.

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The Company We Keep

David Grier, Author, Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society, September 2012.

Following up on 2009's Too Soon to Tell, The Company We Keep is a second compilation of essays based on and growing out of "The Known World" column in Computer magazine. Like the original column, this collection explores the human side of how technology is developed, deployed, and used.

This book examines the development of digital technology by describing how this technology affects the communities that build, adapt, govern, and dispose of it. Centering on Washington, DC, many of the essays use Washington not only as an example of a community but also as a metaphor for how computing technology has connected individuals more closely and more firmly to the centers of political power, economic power, social power, and cultural power.



The Computing Machines of Charles Babbage

David Grier
, Author, Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society, January 2011.

Includes seven classic articles from IEEE Annals of the History of Computing and an all-new essay on Babbage by David Alan Grier.

With original introductory materials, the new essay "Overview of Babbage's Computing Machines," and a list of supplementary references, this EssentialSet adds depth and context to seven papers about Babbage's machines.

Taken together, the Set provides a modern perspective on Babbage's designs as described by engineers who understood the nature of modern computers and how Babbage's designs differ from our machines. This perspective is more familiar to contemporary readers than the descriptions prepared by Babbage and his contemporaries, and they give a fuller picture of how these machines were intended to operate.

Toward a Theory of Spacepower: Selected Essays

Peter L. Hays, and Charles D. Lutes and with Vincent A Manzo, Lisa M. Yambrick, and M. Elaine Bunn, eds. National Defense Univ. Pr., February 2011.

Space and Security: A Reference Handbook

Peter L. Hays, Author, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, March 2011.

This thorough examination of the roots and motivations for U.S. national security space policy provides an essential foundation for considering current space security issues.

Space and Security: A Reference Handbook examines how the United States has developed and implemented policies designed to use space capabilities to enhance national security, providing a clear and complete evaluation of the origins and motivations for U.S. national security space policies and activities. The author explains the Eisenhower Administration's quest to develop high-technology intelligence collection platforms to open up the closed Soviet state, and why it focused on developing a legal regime to legitimize satellite overflight for the purposes of gathering intelligence.

John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon

John M. Logsdon, Author, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

While there are many biographies of John F. Kennedy and numerous accounts of the early years of US space efforts, there has to date been no comprehensive account of how the actions taken by JFK's administration have shaped the course of the US space program over the last 45 years. This book, based on primary source material and interviews with key participants, is such an account. It tells the story of how JFK, only four months in office, decided that the US national interest required the country to enter and win the space race by reaching the moon 'before this decade is out.' It traces the evolution of his thinking and policy up until his assassination, which brought to an end his plans to moderate the space program's goals and explore collaboration with the Soviets.

In 2011, this study won the Eugue M. Emme Award for Historical Literature of the American Astronautical Society  and the Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Structuring an Energy Technology Revolution

William B. Bonvillian, Author, with Charles Weiss, MIT Press, 2009.

America is addicted to fossil fuels, and the environmental and geopolitical costs are mounting. A federal program — on the scale of the Manhattan Project or the Apollo Program — to stimulate innovation in energy policy seems essential. In Structuring an Energy Technology Revolution, Charles Weiss and William Bonvillian make the case for just such a program. Their proposal backs measures to stimulate private investment in new technology, including a cap-and-trade system or carbon tax, but augments these with a revamped energy innovation system. It would encourage a broad range of innovations that would give policymakers a variety of technological options over the long implementation period and at the huge scale required. Using new organizational features, the program would go beyond traditional research and development efforts to promote prototyping, demonstration, and deployment of technological innovations faster than could be accomplished by market forces alone.

Strong leadership and public support will be needed to resist the pressure of entrenched interests against putting new technology pathways into practice. This book will help start the process.

The Political Economy of Trust: Institutions, Interests, and Inter-Firm Cooperation in Italy and Germany

Henry Farrell, Author, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Trust and cooperation are at the heart of the two most important approaches to comparative politics — rational choice and political culture. Yet we know little about trust's relationship to political institutions. This book sets out a rationalist theory of how institutions — and in particular informal institutions — can affect trust without reducing it to fully determine expectations. It then shows how this theory can be applied to comparative political economy, and in particular to explaining inter-firm cooperation in industrial districts, geographical areas of intense small firm collaboration. The book compares trust and cooperation in two prominent districts in the literature, one in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and the other in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It also sets out and applies a theory of how national informal institutions may change as a result of changes in global markets, and shows how similar mechanisms may explain persistent distrust too among Sicilian Mafiosi.

Too Soon To Tell: Essays for the End of The Computer Revolution

David Grier, Author, Wiley-VCH, 2009.

Based on author David A. Grier's column "In Our Time," which runs monthly in IEEE Computer magazine, Too Soon To Tell presents a collection of essays skillfully written about the computer age, an era that began February 1946. Examining ideas that are both contemporary and timeless, these chronological essays examine the revolutionary nature of the computer, the relation between machines and human institutions, and the connections between fathers and sons to provide general readers with a picture of a specific technology that attempted to rebuild human institutions in its own image.

The Innovation Imperative: National Innovation Strategies in the Global Economy

Nicholas Vonortas, Author, Edward Elgar, 2009.

As a result of globalization, strategies for investments in innovation capabilities have gained considerably in importance for businesses, research institutions and policymakers. Public policy has to provide conditions for investments in R&D and innovation that are internationally attractive and effective in stimulating innovation, economic growth and job-creation. This book focuses on the changing roles and challenges of innovation and growth policy, and the strategies and measures that are critical in a globalizing world. It provides guidance for innovation policy strategy formulations and design of innovation policy measures.

Innovation Networks in Industries

Nicholas Vonortas, Editor, with Franco Malerba, Edward Elgar, 2009.

This informative book provides an extensive study in the fields of industry structure, firm strategy and public policy through the use of network concepts and indicators. It also elucidates many of the complexities and challenges involved. The contributors explore the role of networks in industries, reflecting a belief that some of the most important analytical and policy questions related to networks must fully consider the industry level. This includes examining the very structure of industries, the role of relationships in different sectoral systems of production and innovation, and the delineation of real industry boundaries. "Innovation Networks in Industries" will be a useful enhancement to the studies of postgraduate students in the fields of innovation, industrial economics and strategy. It will also be an invaluable guidance tool for academic researchers and policy-makers.


The New Invisible College: Science for Development

Caroline S. Wagner, Author, Foreword by Francis Fukuyama., Brookings Institution Press 2008 c. 200pp.


Knowledge Flows in European Industry
Nick Vonortas, Editor, with Yannis Caloghirou and Anastasia Constantelou, eds.,Routledge, September 2006.



When Computers Were Human

David Grier, Author, Princeton University Press, 2005.

When Computers Were Human is a sad but lyrical story of workers who gladly did the hard labor of research calculation in the hope that they might be part of the scientific community. In the end, they were rewarded by a new electronic machine that took the place and the name of those who were, once, the computers. This book won the 2006 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards), in the Computer/Internet Category, Independent Publisher.

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