The Persistence of Innovation in Government: My Latest Book

I’m pleased to announce the publication of my new book, The Persistence of Innovation in Government, by Brookings Institution Press. The book discusses both shifts and continuities in public sector innovation over the last two decades, using applications to the Harvard Kennedy School’s Innovations in American Government Awards Program as well as data from several other countries. It also reviews the burgeoning literature on public sector innovation, discusses the latest thematic trends in public sector innovation in various policy areas, and presents an econometric explanation of the determinants of recognition for public sector innovations.

The Persistence of Innovation in Government represents the latest instance of the approach I’ve pursued for two decades in my research on innovation. I’ve attempted to take public sector innovation research, particularly using applications to innovation awards, in a quantitative direction, moving from individual or sample-sample case studies, to larger bodies of data than can initially be counted and then analyzed statistically. Other researchers have also taken this quantitative turn. My colleagues and I haven’t gone quantitative only to release our inner geek, but rather because data allows us to see whether elements of folk-wisdom about public sector innovation are actually true.

One of the shifts in public sector innovation I’ve noticed is a greater incidence of collaborations or partnerships than was the case two decades ago. This book itself reflects a three-way partnership among Brookings, the publisher; the Harvard Kennedy School, which provided data and support for my research; and the IBM Center for the Business of Government, which also provided support and concurrently published a monograph based on the research for the book (available at

The Persistence of Innovation in Government is available at Amazon or on the Brookings website at



  1. You are ttlaloy right.The paeprmed, overpaidl, secure workers are to blame.They must be transformed into tireless, industry soldiers and let those that cannot adapt starve!Let us do away with the commie values of guaranteed pay, leaves and 8-hours a day and protections of childhood and motherhood.The worker should devote all his or her waking hours for fulfilling the vision of the creative employer. The worker must be expendable, a living sacrifice to the vision and creativity of the employer. Let him or her be the living, breathing tool of the employer, let him suffice himself or herself to the bare necessities of life and even less.Let the Greek miracle happen, crush the looting classes into a disciplined workforce, let us do away with the commie ideal of society in 2012.Greed is good! Altruism is bad!

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