Two decades of research have helped show that government agencies can be innovative under certain conditions. We test hypotheses about the adoption and use of robotics as a key emerging leading-edge technology as advanced economies undergo the latest technological revolution. We focus on the case of U.S. crime laboratories as a core component of the “evidence assembly process” in the U.S. justice system. Using data from the census of crime labs, we show that the adoption of robotics depends on familiar “push-and-pull” factors: the push of agency professionalism, the pull of agency task environments, and the supporting capability of resources. Together these findings suggest that agencies can be early adopters of robotics as advanced technologies if they have the capacity (and need) to do so.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science
- Public Administration