Trading Technology: Europe and Japan in the Middle East

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Trading Technology: Europe and Japan in the Middle East

By Thomas L. Ilgen and T. J. Pempel
Praeger, 1986
192 pp. $37.95

This thoughtful elaboration of work originally done for the Office of Technology Assessment examines the experience of Britain, France, Germany and Japan in the Middle East after 1973. The authors find that historical ties matter, along with industrial prowess, and that the suppliers of technology vary considerably in how they assess their own interests in the process. They see bilateral transfers as more in the interests of both parties than those running through multilateral or regional organizations, and expect the growth of management contracts to provide a more satisfactory arrangement than some of the forms that dominated in the past.

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