Summary of Government – Investor, Risk-Taker, Innovator

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Apple and Facebook may get the credit, but revolutionary innovation originates in government.


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Economist Mariana Mazzucato debunks the notion that privately funded firms are unconstrained and innovative, while public agencies struggle with the binds of bureaucracy. Using the iPhone as an example, Mazzucato explains how government agencies engineered the device’s revolutionary innovations. getAbstract suggests her impassioned train of thought to those responsible for establishing public-private partnerships – the secret to “dynamic capitalism.”

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why many people believe that the private sector is more innovative than the public sector,
  • Why this misconception is harmful and
  • How policy makers can counteract its effect.


Many people assume that private sector funding promotes innovation and commercialization, while projects and companies receiving public support suffer due to conservative attitudes and layers of bureaucracy. The
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About the Speaker

Economist Mariana Mazzucato is a professor at the University of Sussex.

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