Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Politics of InnovationWhy Some Countries Are Better Than Others at Science and Technology$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mark Zachary Taylor

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190464127

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190464127.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 22 June 2021



Creative Insecurity and Its Implications

(p.275) 10 Conclusion
The Politics of Innovation

Mark Zachary Taylor

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes this book’s findings and discusses their implications for research and policy. It also outlines the strengths and weaknesses of creative insecurity theory and makes suggestions for future research. One implication of creative insecurity theory is that nations should forever create foreign enemies to fear. As long as an armed external menace threatens society, the risks and costs of S&T progress can be justified in perpetuity. However, this strategy is untenable in twenty-first-century democracies. This chapter shows that war and militarization are not necessary for S&T leadership. It argues that a superior innovation strategy would instead emphasize actual emerging threats around the world, such as the skyrocketing demand for energy, global climate shifts and environmental degradation, and the debilitations of age and disease. This chapter also makes some surprising predictions about which countries will be most and least innovative over the next three decades.

Keywords:   creative insecurity, competition, competitiveness, innovators, veto players, selectorate, predictions, American exceptionalism

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .