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The Politics of InnovationWhy Some Countries Are Better Than Others at Science and Technology$
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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

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Creative Insecurity

Creative Insecurity

Olson’s Nemesis

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The Politics of Innovation

Mark Zachary Taylor

Oxford University Press

This chapter completes the explanation of creative insecurity theory and presents cross-national statistical data to support it. It describes how military and economic threats from foreign rivals can counteract domestic political resistance to innovation. External threats raise the benefits of S&T progress and the costs of technological stagnation. Therefore, higher levels of external threats cause a society to alter its calculus regarding the relative costs and risks of technological change. Indeed, as the threat balance shifts more and more toward the external, even many technological losers may recognize that their interests are better served by accepting the costs of S&T progress and government actions that support it.

Keywords:   creative insecurity, Mancur Olson, national security, economic security, military, threat, defense

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