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First Advisor

Blank, Robert H.

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Political Science


United Nations Industrial Development Organization; Genetic engineering; Biotechnology


This thesis is focused upon the most prominent of the so-called 'frontier' technologies, namely biotechnology, and upon the activities of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in the same. Individual facets of UNIDO's program in biotechnology have been examined, with particular emphasis placed upon UNIDO's efforts to establish the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB). This report is thus, in essence, an atheoretical case study oriented towards gathering data on UNIDO's program in biotechnology. While no attempt has been made toward theory-building, it is hoped that the findings of this study, in conjunction with the findings of similar data gathering operations, will allow secondary analysis to be theory oriented. UNIDO's program has been reconstructed on the basis of primary source materials. As a supplement to official UNIDO documentation, this report has drawn on interviews conducted with UNIDO and ICGEB officials. An additional source of information has been correspondence between the author and the representatives of several UNIDO member states. This thesis demonstrates that UNIDO's biotechnology- program is hinged upon the performance of the ICGEB. The existence of the ICGEB, however, has been jeopardized by disputes over its location. As a consequence, the future of UNIDO's biotechnology program hangs in the balance.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [75]-79)


79 pages




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