Theses Doctoral

The Role of Government in Supporting Technological Advance

Tucker, Christopher

A broad and poorly focused debate has, for quite some time, raged across the range of social science disciplines and policy related professions. This debate has dealt, in different ways, with the question of the proper role of the government in a mixed economy. Current debates over the appropriate role of government in a mixed economy are largely constrained by a basic set of 'market failure' concepts developed in economics. This dissertation interrogates the histories of the automobile, electrical and aircraft industries in the six decades spanning the turn of the 20th century with a theoretical framework that draws on recent theorizing on the co-evolution of technologies, industrial structure, and supporting institutions. In highlighting institutional and technological aspects of industrial development, this dissertation informs a basis for science and technology policy making that moves beyond 'market failure' analysis.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Political Science
Thesis Advisors
Nelson, Richard R.
Katznelson, Ira I.
Crow, Michael M.
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
March 21, 2022