W. Edward Steinmueller

W. Edward Steinmueller
University of Sussex · Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)

PhD Economics Stanford 1987

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June 1997 - present
University of Sussex
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  • Professor (Assistant)
June 1997 - present
University of Sussex
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Publications (116)
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Industrial societies contain a range of socio-technical systems fulfilling functions such as the provision of energy, food, mobility, housing, healthcare, finance and communications. The recent Deep Transitions (DT) framework outlines a series of propositions on how the multi-system co-evolution over 250 years of these systems has contributed to se...
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The sustainability transitions field has been dominated by studies on single systems. Expanding the scope to Deep Transitions involving interactions between a broad array of socio-technical systems opens up new research directions in three important domains: 1) areas of intervention; 2) transition justice; 3) accelerating actors.
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This Advanced Introduction provides an analysis of digital platforms and their influence on society. It looks at platforms not only through the lens of neoclassical economics, but also of institutional economics and critical political economy, showing how these theories differ in their assessment of the consequences of platforms and the need for re...
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This paper examines the consistency of mass individualization or “personalization” techniques used by digital platforms with the imaginaries and logics of neoclassical economic theory and behavioral economics. We identify limitations of contemporary policy and regulatory responses to harms associated with datafication practices. We argue that more...
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Science, technology and innovation (STI) policy is shaped by persistent framings that arise from historical context. Two established frames are identified as co-existing and dominant in contemporary innovation policy discussions. The first frame is identified as beginning with a Post-World War II institutionalisation of government support for scien...
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The transistor was an American invention, and American firms led the world in semiconductor production and innovation for the first three decades of that industry's existence. In the 1980s, however, Japanese producers began to challenge American dominance. Shrill cries arose from the literature of public policy, warning that the American semiconduc...
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Daniele Archibugi’s use of the film Blade Runner to discuss future prospects for techno-economic paradigm change is considered in relation to several questions. Is science fiction a literature of prediction and, if not, what role might it have in developing insights about possible futures? Is the current economic malaise predominantly due to a shor...
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The paper adds to the literature on innovation and productivity in services in a three-fold way. First, it extends recent literature attempting to reconceptualise service output in terms of Lancasterian characteristics. Our focus is the analysis of inputs involving the use of client (customer) time in co-production and informational inputs, which m...
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The historical British ‘timber famine’ of the 18th century is re-examined in the light of contemporary concerns about transitions in energy use. The alternatives of scarcity-induced and opportunity-led transition are considered in relation to the economics of sustainable fuel timber production for industrial uses. The paper finds that the productio...
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The proportionality of the UK Digital Economy Act 2010 which aims to curtail illegal peer-to-peer file-sharing is examined in this paper in the light of changes in online norms and culture. Based on an analysis of recent studies and a critical reflection on the nature of changes in digital media production and file-sharing behaviour, we conclude th...
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The 19th- and early 20th-century history of US university research in agriculture, aviation, and chemicals illustrates how universities assumed central roles not only in advancing the frontier of knowledge but also in pioneering new means for diffusing and exploiting this knowledge. We highlight features of the engineering knowledge of this period...
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Internet Studies has been one of the most dynamic and rapidly expanding interdisciplinary fields to emerge over the last decade. The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies has been designed to provide a valuable resource for academics and students in this area, bringing together leading scholarly perspectives on how the Internet has been studied and h...
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This report seeks to capture discussions within the ‘social and ethical’ breakout group at the Internet of Things R&D Roadmapping Workshop, Loughborough University, 11-12 July 2012. It was written to inform the organizers and support the drafting of the summary of the workshop. The roadmapping workshop was aimed at informing the development of rese...
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A principal economic rationale for government technology policy is the market failure explanation framed by Arrow and Nelson. Unfortunately, this rationale provides little specific guidance in areas where it is not possible or desirable to remedy market failures in the generation or distribution of technology by more extensive assignment or enforce...
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The exploitation of technological and market opportunities in the ICT industries has produced a series of changes in both supply and demand that serve to regulate or channel the rate and direction of industrial growth. The focus of this article is on the micro or building block level, where the programme of economic research has been directed by th...
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Free and open source software activities involve and, perhaps, evolve institutions (rules, norms and standards) that influence the formation, growth, and demise of communities. Community institutions are attractors for some individuals while discouraging other individuals from entering or continuing to participate. Their suitability may change as a...
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If 'open source' is taken as a practice employed in organizing human knowledge-related activities, it may be applied more broadly than just with software. Wherever it is used this chapter contends that processes of negotiation and governance will emerge as means to deal with conflicting interests and visions of community purpose (or epistemic ident...
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Though the digital divide appears to reproduce existing patterns of inequality regarding ICTs, some developing countries have narrowed the economic divide, through export-oriented production of ICTs. Certain ICT features seem to support a strategy of "technological leapfrogging" which successfully narrows gaps in productivity and output separating...
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This issue of Information Economics and Policy focuses on a fundamental shift in the software industry: the organisation of software production with the aim of disclosure rather than appropriation. Open source software, as it is now most frequently referred to in the academic literature, is simultaneously a means of production, social organisation,...
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“But if you copy a piece of software a thousand times, what is the cost? … Infinitesimal … this is a problem … and it isn’t just a problem of economics. We have a system of values, of morality, based on people competing with each other to copy things, at the lowest possible cost per unit. But when the cost, the object of all of this competition, ef...
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Patent databases contain a wealth of technical information, but only a fraction of innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) use them as an information source. The characteristics of SMEs that use patent databases and the reasons why they do or do not use them are investigated in this study. Part of the analysis is based on the Community...
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This is a short review document covering a number of issues relevant to the Cyber Trust & Crime Prevention project. While the Office of Science and Technology commissioned this review, the views are those of the author, are independent of Government and do not constitute Government policy.
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We use the concepts of Epistemic Community, Legitimate Peripheral Participation and Distributed Authority to elaborate a model for the analysis of social and organisational dynamics in Free/Libre/Open Source projects. We apply it to two large and successful F/LOS projects, Wikipedia and Debian, and show how openness, decentralisation and authority...
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'This Festschrift explores the truly exceptional breadth and depth of Paul David's work, focusing upon his contributions to the topics of path dependence, the economics of knowledge, and the diffusion of technology. The book consists of 15 papers plus an introduction by the editors and an entertaining postscript by Dominique Foray. . . For economic...
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Examines alternative theories of the technical compatibility standard-setting process as a means of co-ordinating component and sub-system suppliers in complex product systems industries, particularly those involving software, integrated circuits, and telecommunications. These industries are chosen to illustrate the different influences of the natu...
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Early contributions to the academic literature on free/libre and open source software (F/LOSS) movements have been directed primarily at identifying the motivations that account for the sustained and often intensive involvement of many people in this non-contractual and unremunerated productive activity. This issue has been particularly prominent i...
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Introduction: It is generally accepted that governments have an important role to play in fostering the conditions supporting innovation and competitiveness. The economic and political discourse on these issues reflects existing political debates about the capacities of firms and the market mechanisms to deliver desired outcomes. For about forty y...
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Introduction: The global software industry is young, large and very dynamic (Mowery, 1996). Markets for software as a commodity independent of computer systems have been established for little more than three decades, while a vast amount of software continues to be produced by firms to meet their own specialized information processing requirements....
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The interest the Open Source Software Development Model has recently raised amongst social scientists has resulted in an accumulation of relevant research concerned with explaining and describing the motivations of Open Source developers and the advantages the Open Source methodology has over traditional proprietary software development models.
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This paper introduces a distinction between two different types of information goods in order to analyse the processes governing the review and integration of multi-authored contributions to information goods such as those produced through collaborations using the Internet as well as modular information goods such as open source software. It is arg...
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The focus of this paper is on how humans reproduce their knowledge and understanding, their know-what and their know-how, in forms outside of themselves through inscription. The paper develops the analysis of inscription technologies in two phases. The first involves an examination of specific technologies and their relation to the cultivation of i...
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'This edited volume brings together an international set of the best scholars working in the area of science and technology policy. . . this is an interesting and useful collection. Each section concludes with an integrative and insightful commentary which ties the sections together and offers useful perspectives. . . The editors have done a useful...
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Corruption in the public sector erodes tax compliance and leads to higher tax evasion. Moreover, corrupt public officials abuse their public power to extort bribes from the private agents. In both types of interaction with the public sector, the private agents are bound to face uncertainty with respect to their disposable incomes. To analyse effect...
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Research collaborations involve co-production and exchange of knowledge across organisational boundaries. They involve governance of intellectual property rights and partners' use of collectively produced knowledge. The principal findings arise from case studies of consortia governance in biotechnology and software and substantial variety in arrang...
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This paper builds a bridge between bodies of research on 'knowledge-based' societies and on the information and communication technology revolution by highlighting the distinctions between information and knowledge. Economics has traditionally explicitly ignored these distinctions in order to focus on the unique qualities of information as an econo...
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Dans cet article, l’auteur se propose d’etablir une passerelle entre les organismes de recherche sur les « societes du savoir » et la revolution des technologies de l’information et de la communication en mettant en lumiere les distinctions qui existent entre « information » et « savoir ». De tout temps, l’economie a explicitement fait abstraction...
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Schumpeter (1947) argued that the ability to make innovation routine would be a major determinant of the future nature of capitalism. Schumpeter argued that the ability to make innovation a routine function in large companies would lead to a situation in which these companies would become indistinguishable in their scope of activity and size from o...
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The transistor was an American invention, and American firms led the world in semiconductor production and innovation for the first three decades of that industry's existence. In the 1980s, however, Japanese producers began to challenge American dominance. Shrill cries arose from the literature of public policy, warning that the American semiconduc...
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New software technologies for personal productivity, research documentation and workgroup applications are analysed as instances of knowledge "codification". The analysis reveals that the social processes governing disclosure and cooperation in codification processes are as necessary as technological capabilities for some of the most promising appl...
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The interaction between the development of information and communication technologies and the evolution of the organisation of the generation of new knowledge is twofold. Information and communication technologies change the process and the organisation of the accumulation of new knowledge. The new conditions for the accumulation of technological k...
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Discussion paper 2002 is combination of six papers prepared for the International Workshop on The Information Revolution and Economic and Social Exclusion in Developing Countries. These papers are the outcomes of two major themes set for the workshop: "The Developments of Access and Effective Use of Information Technology and Exclusion" and "The Ge...
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The National Innovation Systems' (NIS) perspective has relatively recently emerged in the schools of technological innovation economics and industrial dynamics, as an instrument employed in surveying the mechanics and dynamics of technological change, which is now widely accepted to be the major driving force to long-term economic growth and develo...
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Developing countries must find innovative ways of combining their existing experience and skills with the production and consumption of information and communication technology-related products and services in order to benefit from the potential advantages for social and economic development. The new applications can be employed as 'tools' for deve...
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Conventional views about universal telephone service are an inadequate foundation for resolving social and economic policy issues as economies come to depend increasingly upon knowledge-intensive activities. In this paper, this position is argued first by considering the positions of proponents of the current approach to universal service, mainly i...
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The legal rules and policies underlying the definition, granting, and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPRs) are among the most important of Europe's interests in the development of a European Information Society. This paper examines many of the technical, economic, and social issues that need to be considered in the area of intellectua...
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Rapid “take-up” in the use of advanced telecommunication technologies and services involves co-ordination between private and public interests in establishing the environment for private investment in new equipment and services to upgrade the existing infrastructure. Alternative scenarios are possible for these developments in Europe. The outcome o...
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Decentralized construction of the Global Information Infrastructure (GII) is substituting market-driven, 'de facto' standards and voluntary agreements on standards for technical compatibility, in place of the engineering decisions once made by public (and quasi-public) telecommunications network operators. Due to strategic economic behaviours on th...
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Both traditional and modern uses of the term infrastructure are related to “synergies”, what economists call positive externalities, that are incompletely appropriated by the suppliers of goods and services within an economic system. The traditional idea of infrastructure was derived from the observation that the private gains from the construction...
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This paper surveys what can be said in response to three major questions: What are the contributions of ICTs to economic growth, how do ICTs influence competitiveness, and what can public policy do to affect the contribution of ICTs to growth and competitiveness? Current knowledge is limited, precluding definitive conclusions, particularly in relat...
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The pro- and anti-competitive implications of technical compatibility standards are introduced in general terms and then applied to current issues in telecommunications policy. The demand and supply for standards under regulated monopoly and the transition to deregulation and competitive entry create a tradeoff between the traditional goal of achie...
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The microelectronics industry is unusual among R&D-intensive global industries engaged in global competition in its combination of youth (the industry is less than four decades old and entrepreneurial founders retain control or substantial influence in a number of major U.S. firms), rapid growth, and need for huge investments in physical capital, h...
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An economic frameword for evaluting flexible integrated circuit manufacturing technologies is developed as an alternative to the capacity races that appear to have played a major role in the decline of the U.S. IC industry. Economic advantages of flexible IC manufacturing technologies (such as cluster tools and multiprocessors) may include reductio...
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Cost benefit approaches for evaluating the contribution of basic research investment have severe limitations and a number of undesirable consequences. We propose an alternative, information-theoretic, approach for identifying the economic benefits engendered by basic research. We emphasize the role of information linkages, the economic value of bot...
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Rapid advances in information technology seem likely to change radically its usefulness for the economics profession. This paper reviews the range of existing applications and those that will probably emerge. It also considers the impact these new applications are likely to have on the discipline, and on the social sciences more generally.
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The Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) is a ‘movement’ seeking consensus among vendors and users of telecommunications equipment about future data communication networks. The current literature rarely considers what ISDN will mean for user organizations who are already engaged in building Local Area Networks (LANs) or in establishing connec...

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