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Trade and Technology in Soviet-Western Relations

Trade and Technology in Soviet-Western Relations

By Philip Hanson

Columbia University Press, 1981, 271 pp.

The question of what to permit and what deny in the export of goods and technology to the U.S.S.R. has been answered in different ways at different times by Western governments, and has contributed in no small degree to confusion and controversy among them. Conceding the primacy of politics over economics, Hanson sees the need, if the West's political decisions are to make sense, of exploring such matters as the economics of technology transfer, the nature of the benefits to the Soviet economy, and the leverage which the West can exert. If his systematic inquiry reaches "a rather dull conclusion," it is nevertheless a sound and useful one.