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Technological Change and the Caribbean: Formulating Strategic Responses

Norman P. Girvan
Social and Economic Studies
Vol. 38, No. 2, A Special Issue in Honour of Alister McIntyre (JUNE 1989), pp. 111-135
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27864873
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Abstract

This paper explores some of the issues arising out of the need for the Caribbean to formulate strategic responses to global technological change. Part I sets out the problematic. Part II discusses the appropriate analytical framework for the study of global technological change and its implications for the Caribbean. Within this context, Part III reviews some of the lessons of the literature on the historical pattern of technological change, and the constellation of new technologies in the contemporary period. Part IV makes some observations on the pattern of adoption in the Caribbean of the core group of new technologies – microelectronics and the related information technology. The paper ends with a discussion of some of the broader social implications arising from the need for local initiatives and strategic responses.

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