The New Alliance: America's R&D Consortia. Dan Dimancescu and James Botkin. Ballinger Publishing Co., Cambridge, MA, 1986. 232 pp. $29.95.

In just over 200 pages, the authors of The New Alliance skillfully analyze the mechanics of a question of strategic importance to the future of the United States: can the technology-based consortia of the 1980s make the nation's economy competitive again?

The strong and weak forces, as well as the changing nature of 14 representative industry-university-government consortia in 10 states, are intricately examined. The profiles that emerge are based on discussions with consortia participants during 1984 and 1985, and factual updates in 1986.

The organizations under study include the Manufacturing Engineering Applications Center, Worcester, Mass.; the Center for Integrated Systems, Palo Alto, Calif.; the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation, Austin, Texas; the Corporation for Science and Technology, Indianapolis, Ind., the Center for Industrial Innovation, Troy, N.Y.; and the Microelectronics...

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