When Missions Fail: lessons in ‘high technology’ from post-war Britain with Tom Kelsey
|Dates:||5 December 2023|
|Times:||17:30 - 18:30|
|What is it:||Talk|
|Organiser:||Alliance Manchester Business School|
When Missions Fail: lessons in ‘high technology’ from post-war Britain
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Industrial strategy is back at the centre of geopolitics. From the UK’s ambition to be a Science and Tech Superpower to the US Inflation Reduction Act, it is widely believed that being on the technological cutting edge is crucial for both economic prosperity and national security. History does play a role in these discussions. The post-war US is now widely praised as an entrepreneurial state and a mission economy, demonstrating the power politicians can wield to transform the technological basis of society.
Tom Kelsey’s new report When Missions Fail: lessons in ‘high technology’ from post-war Britain suggests we can learn more about industrial strategy from the troubled British case than the much-vaunted example of the United States. In this lecture, Tom will talk about his findings and suggest that any serious strategy for ‘high technology’ in the UK must primarily focus on working with allies and international business, and be wary of the attention placed on sustaining national capabilities.
Tom Kelsey is an ESRC Policy and Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, currently working on a project aimed at improving policymaking at the intersection of economic prosperity and national security. He worked in the UK Civil Service as part of the Digital Strategy team in the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. He has won both the Joan Cahalin Robinson Prize and the Samuel Eleazar and Rose Tartakow Levinson Prize from the Society for the History of Technology. He has written for the Independent, the Guardian, and Open Democracy.
This event will be facilitated by Professor Richard Jones, Professor of Materials Physics and Innovation Policy, Vice-President for Regional Innovation and Civic Engagement, Co-Investigator of The Productivity Institute, University of Manchester.
This is a joint event with Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, The Productivity Institute and the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.
Role: ESRC Policy and Research Fellow
Organisation: Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford,
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