I'm proud to announce that my book is out this week! It's a
cross-national comparative work that offers a new explanation for
national innovation rates.
I'm currently working on the next step in this line of research.
Therefore, I'd very much appreciate your feedback and critique of
this book! You’ll find that I build upon, and cite, many of you
in it. So your thoughts and advice will be taken very seriously.
Here's the book blurb:
The Politics of Innovation: Why Some Countries Are
Better Than Others At Science & Technology. This book
brings together the current political and economic wisdom, and
latest findings, about why nations become S&T leaders. Many
experts mistakenly believe that domestic institutions and policies
determine national innovation rates. However, after decades of
research, there is still no agreement on precisely how this
happens. Nor do scholars agree upon exactly which institutions or
policies matter. The Politics of Innovation confronts head-on this
contradiction between theory and evidence. It directly challenges
the “institutions rule!” thesis. Instead, it introduces a new
theory of “creative insecurity” which explains how domestic
institutions and policies are all subservient to security
politics. It contends that, ultimately, each country’s balance of
domestic rivalries vs. external threats, and the ensuing political
fights, are what determine institutions' effectiveness and drive
I'd hand out free copies, but I received few. Instead you can buy it
Don't worry, it's not expensive. There's even a very inexpensive
Kindle version for those of you who are traveling.
So please put me on your summer reading list! I look forward to
hearing your advice.
Hope everyone is having a good summer,
Mark Zachary Taylor
Sam Nunn School of International Affairs
Georgia Institute of Technology
781 Marietta Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0610
Book: The Politics of Innovation http://www.amazon.com/Politics-Innovation-Countries-Science-Technology/dp/0190464135/