The Political Economy of Innovation

  • Authors
  • William Kingston

Part of the Studies in Industrial Organization book series (SIOR, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. William Kingston
    Pages 1-36
  3. William Kingston
    Pages 37-76
  4. William Kingston
    Pages 77-119
  5. William Kingston
    Pages 120-180
  6. William Kingston
    Pages 181-256
  7. William Kingston
    Pages 269-269
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 257-268

About this book


Innovation is the turning of ideas into concrete realities. To the extent that this process is an economic one, it must also be subject to political decisions, and these determine which ideas are to have resources made available for their in­ novation. This book attempts to trace the relationship between ideas, resources and politics. Chapter I deals with the way economic innovation depends both upon markets and upon interference with markets. Schumpeter taught us how market power is essential for innovation. This chapter stresses that the inverse is also true: Innovation can take place wherever there is market power. A most important corollary of this, is that failure to develop any particular type of market power, need not prevent innovation from happening. It will then take place under the protection of whatever market power there is, and it will be geographically located wherever that market power is effective. Chapter II identifies and seeks to fill a major gap in the literature on innova­ tion, by showing how important modern marketing has become for providing the conditions under which money may be rationally invested at high risk to get new things done. Marketing monopoly, or Persuasive market power, is now at least as important as the market power of Capability, or as the several types of Specific market power, in interference with market forces. It is therefore equally important for innovation.


political economy

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-6073-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-6071-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4646
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