Mark Zachary Taylor

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Georgia Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor
Professional Background: 

Zak Taylor, formerly a solid-state physicist, now specializes in international relations, political economy, and comparative politics. In his research, he seeks to explain why some countries are better than others at long-run technological innovation, even amongst the industrialized democracies. He uses statistical analysis of patents, scholarly publications, and high technology production data combined with country-level case studies, to test the relative impact of domestic political institutions versus international relationships on national innovation rates. He shows that while institutions such as democracy, markets, and property rights are important for long-run technological progress, certain kinds of international relationships are even more vital for the acquisition and maintenance of national scientific capabilities. He also contends that technological innovation is not a natural result of "good" domestic institutions, but is a rational response to specific sets of national security problems. These findings have important implications for theories of international relations and political economy, as well as immigration, education, and FDI policies.

In addition to his work on technological innovation, Zak’s research interests include the politics of science, comparative democratic institutions, and the politics of economic growth & structural adjustment. His research has appeared in the journals Foreign Affairs, International Organization, Harvard International Review, Review of Policy Research, and the Journal of Political Science Education.

Selected Publications: 

1. “Does Culture Still Matter?: The Effects of Individualism on National Innovation Rates” Written with Sean P. Wilson. Journal of Business Venturing (2011)

2. “Federalism and Technological Change in Blood Products” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 34(6):863-898 (Dec 2009).

3. "Political Decentralization and Technological Innovation: Testing The Innovative Advantages of Decentralized States" Review of Policy Research 24(3):231-257 (May 2007).

4. "Empirical Evidence Against Varieties of Capitalism’s Theory of Technological Innovation" International Organization 58(3):601-631 (Summer 2004)

5. "Dominance Through Technology" Foreign Affairs 74(6):14-20. (Nov/Dec, 1995)

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ENDING APPROVAL--Faculty Position at Gatech

Posted: Jul 14, 2017

Apologies! I just found out that job position is still pending final
approval. I have every reason to believe it will get that approval,

literature on Federal labs placement?

Posted: Mar 30, 2017


new book on S&T policy and innovation--Zak Taylor

Posted: Jun 07, 2016

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.

China S&T Faculty search @ Georgia Tech

Posted: Oct 22, 2014

Assistant or Associate Professor (Georgia Tech) China – Foreign Policy, Security, and/or Science & Technology

Tenure-track position in S&T and International Development @ Georgia Tech

Posted: Sep 20, 2014

Faculty Position in International Development
Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

quick "state of the debate" question?

Posted: Sep 08, 2014

Question to the group: I'm looking for the state of the debate on what governments can/should (or should not) do to create & maintain networks for innovation?

Position in Manufacturing Policy @ McMaster (Ontario)

Posted: Aug 19, 2014

Subject:Position in Manufacturing Policy @ McMaster (Ontario)Date:Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:00:23 -0400From:Michelle Dion <dionm@MCMAST