Legendary economist Hyman Minsky identified author William H. Janeway as a 'theorist-practitioner' of financial economics; this book is an expression of that double life. Interweaving his unique professional perspective with political and financial history, Janeway narrates the dynamics of the innovation economy from the standpoint of a seasoned practitioner of venture capital, operating on the frontier where innovative technology transforms the market economy. In this fully revised and updated edition, Janeway explains how state investment in national goals enables the innovation process and why financial bubbles accelerate and amplify its impact. Now, the digital revolution, sponsored by the state and funded by speculation, has matured to attack the authority, and even the legitimacy, of governments. The populist response in the west, especially in the United States, opens the door for China to seize leadership of the innovation economy from America.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part I. Learning the Game: 1. Apprenticeship; 2. Discovering computers; 3. Investing in ignorance; Part II. Playing the Game: 4. The financial agent; 5. The road to BEA; 6. Apotheosis; Part III. Understanding the Game: The Role of Bubbles: 7. The banality of bubbles; 8. Explaining bubbles; 9. The necessity of bubbles; Part IV. Understanding the Game: The Role of the State: 10. Where is the state?; 11. 'The failure of market failure'; 12. Tolerating waste.