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America Inc.?


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1. The National Security State and Technology Leadership The U.S. Puzzle The Argument Re-viewing the NSS-Private Sector Relationship Existing Accounts: Discounting, Sidelining, Civilianizing the State The Approach of This Book New Thinking on the American State 2. Rise of the National Security State as Technology Enterprise Emergence (1945-1957) Growth: The Sputnik Effect (1958-1968) Crisis: Legitimation and Innovation Deficits (1969-1979) Reform and Reorientation: Beginnings (1980-1989) Reform and Reorientation: Consolidation (1990-1999) Re-visioning (2000-2012) 3. Investing in New Ventures Geopolitical Roots of the U.S. Venture Capital Industry Post-Cold War Trends: New Funds for a New Security Environment 4. Beyond Serendipity: Procuring Transformative Technology Technology Procurement versus R&D: The Activist Element of Government Purchasing Spin-Off and Spin-Around-Serendipitous and Purposeful Breaching the Wall: Edging Toward Military-Commercial (Re-)Integration 5. Reorienting the Public-Private Partnership Structural Changes in the Domestic Arena Reorientation: The Quest for Commercial Viability Beyond a Military-Industrial Divide: Innovating for Both Security and Commerce 6. No More Breakthroughs? Post-9/11 Decline of the NSS Technology Enterprise? Nanotechnology: A Coordinated Effort Robotics: The Drive for Drones Clean Energy: From Laggard to Leader? Caveat: A Faltering NSS Innovation Engine? 7. Hybridization and American Antistatism The Significance of Hybridization An American Tendency? Nature of the Beast: Neither "Privatization" nor "Outsourcing" Innovation Hybrids 8. Penetrating the Myths of the Military-Commercial Relationship Four Myths Laid Bare Serendipitous Spin-Off Hidden Industrial Policy Wall of Separation and Military-Industrial Complex R&D Spending Creates Innovation Leadership The Defense Spending Question: In Search of the Holy Grail? 9. Hybrid State, Hybrid Capitalism, Great Power Turning Point Comparative Institutions and Varieties of Capitalism The American State Great Power Turning Point

About the Author

Linda Weiss is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Politics at the University of Sydney. She is the author of The Myth of the Powerless State, also from Cornell, and coeditor most recently of Developmental Politics in Transition: The Neoliberal Era and Beyond.


"This dense, powerful volume offers profound insights into the U.S. innovation system and its driving forces. ... [I]t deserves close attention from anyone with an interest in innovation or America's place at the technological frontier."-Mark Zachary Taylor, Political Science Quarterly (Winter 2014-15) "WhileAmerica Inc.?is not a book for those desiring a normative critique of US policy, it is, instead, an invaluable analytical explanation as to how the US has been preeminent in its inexorable innovative drive to achieve and maintain its defense primacy. As such, Weiss lays out a forceful challenge to the traditional conceptualization of the US as a paradigmatic liberal capitalist state." - Dr. Maryanne Kelton, Australian Institute of International Affairs (22 June 2016) "America Inc.? is a timely book on the contribution of state investment in national security to U.S. technological leadership. Challenging much received wisdom about the American state and the linkages between national security and economic development, Linda Weiss advances an original, compelling argument about how geopolitical imperatives have driven American technological innovation since World War II. This is an important book that merits the attention of scholars and practitioners alike."-Peter Trubowitz, London School of Economics, author of Politics and Strategy: Partisan Ambition and American Statecraft "As the quintessential Cold War institution, MIT spawned innovation from the military industrial complex to the digital age. This perceptive exegesis of the American state as technology progenitor goes a long way to debunk the myth of the free market and the Silicon Valley start-up entrepreneur."-William W. Keller, University of Georgia, author of Arm in Arm: The Political Economy of the Global Arms Trade

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