Mark Zachary Taylor
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.
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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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,
Posted: Jul 14, 2017
Please circulate widely:
Posted: Mar 30, 2017
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.
Posted: Sep 18, 2015
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From: Colon, Frances A (STAS) <ColonFA@state.gov>
Posted: Jul 20, 2015
Posted: Oct 22, 2014
Assistant or Associate Professor (Georgia Tech) China – Foreign Policy, Security, and/or Science & Technology
Posted: Sep 20, 2014
!!! PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY !!!:
Faculty Position in International Development
Sam Nunn School of International Affairs
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?
Posted: Aug 19, 2014
Subject:Position in Manufacturing Policy @ McMaster (Ontario)Date:Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:00:23 -0400From:Michelle Dion <dionm@MCMAST