Political Theory

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Networks: Freedom and Individuals


This conference explored how innovation and technological change arose in society, and the reciprocal influences of the market and institutional contexts that facilitated innovation and technological changes themselves.


Conference Readings

Castells, Manuel. The Rise of the Network Society. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 1996.

Christensen, Clayton M. The Innovator’s Dilemma. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1997.

Cowen, Tyler. Average is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation. New York: Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Group, Inc., 2013.

Hayek, Friedrich A. “The Use of Knowledge in Society.” The American Economic Review 35, no. 4 (September 1945): 519-530.

Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. London: Pimlico, 1961, 2000.

Kirzner, Israel. Perception, Opportunity, and Profit: Studies in the Theory of Entrepreneurship. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979.

Knight, Frank H. Risk, Uncertainty, and Profit, 1st Edition. Boston: Hart, Schaffner & Marx; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1921.

McCloskey, Deirdre N. Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Mokyr, Joel. The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain 1700-1850. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.

Postrel, Virginia I. The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict Over Creativity, Enterprise and Progress. New York: Free Press, 1998.

Schumpeter, Joseph. Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1975, 1976.

Shirky, Clay. Here Comes Everybody. London, New York: Penguin Books, 2008.

Thompson, Clive. Smarter Than You Think. New York: Harper Collins, 2013.