Author Archives: David Reiner

Week 3: Broken glass? Jumping through Policy Windows and Shifting Overton Windows

One of the big questions for those interested in policy is how and why significant change happens.  We discussed Kingdon’s view of policy windows and policy entrepreneurs and how such critical advocates can help opening windows and taking advantage of an open window. The concept has gained some traction, but can these concepts be used… Continue Reading

2019 Week 1: Innovation Policy

Should innovation policy consider wider social benefits and if so, how should we define what constitutes the public good?   The immediate motivation lies in today’s Financial Times headline: Qantas hopes its ultra-long-haul flights will go the distance: Routes from Sydney to London and New York force Boeing and Airbus to push innovation This raises… Continue Reading

Week 8 on the Tech Antitrust Paradox

Last week, many of you raised a diverse set of technologies that might disrupt including VR, 3D printing, gene drives, drone swarms and meatless meat.  The question, of course, is not just how technology can disrupt, but whether firms and institutions can act to facilitate or impede that disruption. For example, this week’s Economist raises the… Continue Reading

Week 7 on Anticipating Disruption

There are, of course, many reasons to engage in technological foresight including firms seeking competitive intelligence, countries looking to improve their international competitiveness or research agencies looking to invest in the most promising technologies of the future.  One of the obvious reasons to consider employing any of the various foresight mechanisms is to anticipate and… Continue Reading

Week 6 on Bad Policy

Political debates and the media play important roles not just in driving high-level goals and shaping discourse in different areas but in having an impact on policy design and implementation. While this might help in legitimating policy, public attention can often focus on outliers or spurious data and lead to efforts to bypass existing mechanisms… Continue Reading

Week 5 on Market Failures

One of the dangers of using words like ‘market failure’ and ‘moral hazard’ is that terms can be bandied about in a quite flippant or fuzzy manner.  Having started to some research into concerns that negative emissions may lead to ‘moral hazard’, it became to me clear that many authors were simply using the term to… Continue Reading

Week 4 on Patents

Since Christos just covered patents in TP2 and we touched on it in Lecture 1 of TP1 (and will be briefly returning to the subject next week), I thought this seemed like a worthy topic for discussion, particularly if we can give it an ‘institutions’ spin. The main question for this is whether the existing… Continue Reading

Week 3 On Transitions

Transitions can be difficult.  The speed, scale and scope of the transformation being proposed for trajectories consistent with 1.5 °C in the recent IPCC Special Report (or even for a 2 °C target) are daunting, almost unimaginable.  In large part, skepticism is driven by the unprecedented nature of the change, which is seen as diverging… Continue Reading