How Did the US Innovate Before Modern Institutions and Policies?: Battles Over S&T in the Era of Good Feelings, 1816-1829
Taylor, Mark Zachary
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This paper investigates the reciprocal causal relationship between technological change and American political-economic development. It will show how colonial science and technology was a political issue, not simply the result of random discovery or heroic inventors. It was driven by interest groups competing over scarce resources and opposing institutional designs.