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Growth Policy in the Age of High Technology

1st Edition

Edited by Jurgen Schmandt, Robert Wilson


486 pages

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Originally published in 1990 this book provides an authoritative and detailed account of the initiatives of US state governments with science and technology programs designed to foster economic growth. Two key questions are posed: Do state governments have policy instruments that are sufficiently powerful to affect thelevels and growth rates of their regional economies? and Are national and global economic forces so powerful that they render state action ineffective? Several subsidiary themes are discusses in this context, namely: the most commonly used policy instruments, the impacts on federalism and on governance and how well the universities and other educational institutions serve the economic activities imposed on them.


"A wonderful way to support the continued dissemination of a classic book that has been formative for many working in this field." Andy Pike, CURDS, University of Newcastle

Table of Contents

Part 1: The States as Actors 1. Introduction: Technology, Regions and States Jurgen Schmandt and Robert Wilson 2. Regional Roles in the Governance of the Scientific State Jurgen Schmandt

3. Structural Economic Change and the Powers of State Government: The Viability of Regional Development Strategies Robert Wilson

Part 2: Theory and Evidence 4. High Tech Policy, High Tech Realities: The Spatial Distribution of High Tech Industry in America Amy Glasmeier

5. Technological Innovation and Paths to Regional Economic Growth Edward J. Malecki

6. State Innovation Policies and Regional Restructuring of Technologically Dependent Industry Edward M. Bergman Part 3: State Development Strategies

7. Recent State Inititatives: An Overview of State Science and Technology Policies and Programs Marianne K. Clarke

8. State Strategies for Business Assistance R. Scott Fosler

9. An Assessment of State Technology Develoopment Programs John Rees and Tim Lewington

10. The Impact of Elementary and Secondary Education on State Economic Development Ray Marshall

11. Simple faiths, complex facts: vocational Education as an Economic Development Strategy W. Norton Grubb 12. Engineering regional growth Stuart A. Rosenfeld & Robert D. Atkinson

13. University-industry R & D Relationships Irwin Feller

14. State Government-university Cooperation Karen M. Paget

15. Creating and Sustaining the U.S. Technopolis David V. Gibson & Raymond W. Smilor

About the Editors

Jurgen Schmandt

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Economics and Business of Technology

Originally published between 1967 and 1999 the 50 volumes in this set examine the impact of technology on economics and international business. The volumes:

  • Present a synthesis of business functions and economic analysis and ask what the implications for skills development are and the effect of public policy
  • Report on global companies' experience with computers in company training in such areas as banking, finance, insurance, manufacturing, IT, the retail industry, transport, telecommunications and energy.
  • Look at the way in which some businesses in high technology manufacturing industry have organised their structures and processes in order to manage product innovation effectively.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory