This paper sketches the broad features of science and technology policy and shows how three broad evolutionary non-market forces are shaping its international circumstances. This broad context is used to show the limited impact of eliminating tariff barriers on this policy domain but also the heightened importance of such a policy tool under free trade. Some mention is made of the Canadian case in passing. Science and technology policy is presented as a segment of a national information policy that will become of central importance in the next period to regulate the forum in our knowledge-based economy. A sketch of a policy research strategy likely to help develop a useful science and technology policy is also presented.
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