Research Professor of Sociology, University of California, Davis
42 Plaza Drive
Berkeley, CA 94705
Areas of Expertise & Civic InvolvementsBlock’s research explores the systematic connections among economy, politics, and society, and analyzes the U.S. and global economy from an historical and institutional perspective. He probes the circumstances in which markets alone cannot generate solutions to economic problems. Block is a Senior Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute in Oakland, and was previously a Senior Fellow at the Longview Institute in Berkeley.
SSN Strategy Brief, December 2012
SSN Key Findings, April 2012
State of Innovation: The U.S. Government’s Role in Technology Development (with Matthew R. Keller) (Paradigm Publishers, 2011).
Provides an overview of the extensive governmental role in moving new technologies from the research lab to the marketplace.
"Where Do Innovations Come From? Transformations in the U.S. Economy, 1970-2006" Socio-Economic Review 7, no. 3 (2009): 459-83.
Reports results of a study of four decades of award-winning marketable innovations, and explores the role of large firms, smaller firms, and private and public partnerships in creating innovative products and bringing them to the market.
The Vampire State (New Press, 1996).
Elaborates a critique of the free market ideas that have dominated U.S. political and economic debate, and warns of the dangers of continued reliance on these ideas.
Postindustrial Possibilities (University of California Press, 1990).
Explains how structural changes in advanced economies require a rethinking of economic categories and policies that emerged in the 19th century.
Talks and Briefings
"Obama’s Not-So-Hidden Industrial Policy," Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Berkeley, CA, October 1, 2011.
"Origins of the Current Crisis of Global Modernity," Miwon Lecture at Kyung-Hee University, Seoul, Korea, September 1, 2011.
"Cut or Invest: What’s the Best Way to Grow Our Economy," debate sponsored by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Washington, D.C, February 1, 2011.
"Reinventing Social Democracy for the 21st Century," Wheelwright Memorial Lecture, University of Sydney, Australia, September 1, 2010.