When administrative scientists look to the current scholarship surrounding
the phenomenon of technological development, they will
inevitably be forced to grapple not only with an entire battery of
abstract theories portraying technological development as more or less
socially determined or autonomous. These policy analysts will also be
obliged to struggle with the daunting task of developing a coherent,
causal, subject-oriented and systematic framework for describing,
comparing and even creating public technology policies. Understanding
the spectrum of theories available when examining public information
technology policy development (hereafter IT-policy) from an
administrative sciences perspective, including how these theories
relate to each other and differ in nature, is paramount to any attempt
to formulate such a systematic framework regarding the subject.
Indeed, it is crucial in order to defend one’s choice of methodology.