Arresting Technology: Government, Scientists, and Weather Modification

W. Henry Lambright, Stanley A. Changnon

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The process of arrest in federally funded technology is illuminated through the case of weather modification. A technology passes through three stages: Birth, opportunity, and decline. Critical to arrest is failure by the advocacy coalition to make maximum use of the opportunity stage to show progress and build support. To do so may require unusual cohesion and consensus among diverse advocates: Scientists, administrators, politicians, industry, and affected publics. Without such consensus, opportunity is missed or misused, and a technology moves into decline. This happens because the advocacy coalition shrinks and government support, essential to advance, diminishes and may even terminate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)340-359
Number of pages20
JournalScience, Technology & Human Values
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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