Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Inventing IdeasPatents, Prizes, and the Knowledge Economy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

B. Zorina Khan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190936075

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190936075.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use.date: 27 January 2022

Administered Invention in France

Administered Invention in France

(p.143) 6 Administered Invention in France
Inventing Ideas

B. Zorina Khan

Oxford University Press

France presents the closest model of a soi-disant “entrepreneurial state,” including both centralized and decentralized administered innovation institutions. Scholars have argued that these approaches were superior to market transactions. However, their unrepresentative case studies have underestimated or ignored the costs of politically biased economic strategies, including greater uncertainty, incorrect relative prices and the misallocation of resources, and lower incentives for investments in inventive activity. A society based on special privileges for the few provided disproportionate benefits for elites and those with personal connections, disadvantaged creativity that threatened existing interests, and encouraged rent-seeking rather than returns from meeting market demand.

Keywords:   entrepreneurial state, councils of commerce, national industry exhibitions, mercantilism, national innovation system, patents, privileges, rent-seeking, Royal Academy of Sciences, Society for the Encouragement of National Industry

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 .