A new book on the government role in the U.S. innovation economy has been published by Paradigm Publishers. State of Innovation: The U.S. Government's Role in Technology Development, brings together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars who document, assess, and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the decentralized network of government programs and policies that foster technological innovation. In the process, the contributors collectively offer new insights for designing flexible, effective and efficient technology policies that fit a 21st century economy.
In a new article in Politics & Society, Andrew Schrank and Josh Whitford examine conventional wisdom concerning industrial policy in the U.S., and argue that the increasingly decentralized nature of production calls for a new approach to governance.
How can innovation policies accelerate the development and deployment of technologies that meet the interlinked energy and climate change challenges? An engaging new report by the Consortium for Science and Policy Outcomes (CSPO) and the Clean Air Task Force (CATF) suggests an array of reforms needed to effectively take advantage of an extremely complex, decentralized innovation system in which innovations typically "bubble up" from an array of technology directions.
How can the Obama administration use a new stimulus package to enhance federal innovation policies - thus pushing the American economy forward in a time of economic crisis? A new White Paper, written by Fred Block and Matthew R. Keller, addresses how to implement "stim-novation" policies that foster economic recovery as well as longer-term economic growth.
In a working paper released by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, Fred Block and Matthew Keller use a unique data set of award-winning innovative technologies to argue that the nature of the U.S. innovation system has changed dramatically over the last 40 years. While in the 1970s winners of the R&D 100 awards were dominated by large corporations acting alone, in recent years over two-thirds of the winners have come from collaborations involving business and government, including federal labs and federally-funded university research.
In a new article posted on the Miller-McCune website, Prof. Fred Block argues that the dominant political rhetoric on the value of "free markets" has helped to obscure the key role of the U.S. government in stimulating innovative technologies and economic development.