The Next American Economy: Blueprint for a Real Recovery

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At a time when debate is raging about how to create jobs and revive the American economy, veteran business writer William J. Holstein argues that the best way for us to recover our economic footing is to do what Americans do best-innovate and create new industries. Contrary to the perception that the American economy has run out of inspiration and new ideas, Holstein uses compelling case studies to celebrate the innovation and business success being experienced in many industries, from technology and energy to ...

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Overview

At a time when debate is raging about how to create jobs and revive the American economy, veteran business writer William J. Holstein argues that the best way for us to recover our economic footing is to do what Americans do best-innovate and create new industries. Contrary to the perception that the American economy has run out of inspiration and new ideas, Holstein uses compelling case studies to celebrate the innovation and business success being experienced in many industries, from technology and energy to retraining and exporting, across the country, from Boston to Orlando, Pittsburgh to San Diego.

In the face of economic powerhouses such as Japan and China that are pursuing conscious national strategies, Holstein argues that Americans must find new avenues of cooperation among universities, business, and government to create the kind of sustainable growth we need. Replete with fresh insights into how Americans can create a real economic recovery, The Next American Economy is essential reading for business leaders, politicians, strategists, and anyone who cares about our future.

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Prescriptions for saving our skins from the Chinese economic juggernaut—a replay of the 1980s Japan-as-number-one scare, writes economic journalist Holstein (Why GM Matters, 2009, etc.).

"I do not believe that any country or any company, alone or in combination, is destined to overwhelm the United States economy," writes the author. Despite a sagging infrastructure and an economy smashed onto the rocks during the ongoing economic downturn, America still enjoys the lead in innovation, in large part because we have a "culture that allows experimentation and failure," a quality that more centralized economies do not share. Certainly this is so in the case of consumer goods and gadgets like the iPad, even if it is made in China. But how to ensure that competitive edge? Holstein encourages a program of national-strategy R&D spending, perhaps an unlikelihood under a Republican-controlled Congress apparently bent on scrapping federal supports of the kind—though, he adds, just the sort of thing a strong president could pull off outside a recalcitrant Congress, using the power of executive order to accomplish his goals. The author also urges that the management of economic zones or "clusters" be depoliticized, and certainly "not controlled by a governor or mayor." Encouraging innovation and playing to strengths are the keys. There are things to worry about, Holstein writes, but China and, to a lesser extent, India are not foremost among them. The Chinese command economy, he concludes, is not suitably quick to respond to the demands of the global market, and standards of quality are still below American levels.

If wishful thinking were dollars, this book would be a gold mine. As it is, Holstein provides an optimistic but not necessarily candy-colored view of a resurgent American economy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802777508
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 968,069
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

William J. Holstein has written for Business Week, the New York Times, and Fortune, among other publications, and is the author of Why GM Matters, Manage the Media, and The Japanese Power Game.

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