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Robert D. Atkinson

Robert D. Atkinson is president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. His most recent book, coauthored with Michael Lind, is Big Is Beautiful: Debunking the Myth of Small Business (MIT Press, 2018).
Articles by Robert D. Atkinson

Who Lost Lucent?: The Decline of America’s Telecom Equipment Industry

As America transitions to 5G wireless networks, the U.S. intelligence community sees the Chinese telecom giant Huawei as a systemic security risk. In response, President Trump has banned the use of Chinese 5G equipment in U.S. networks. But despite these measures, there is still deep concern that eventually Huawei will dominate global markets, displacing the…

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National Developmentalism: From Forgotten Tradition to New Consensus

In response to the rise of “populism,” members of the Washington establishment have adopted a reassuring way to frame the ques­tion of America’s proper relationship to the world. As they see it, Americans are divided into two camps—open or closed, globalist or nationalist, interventionist or protectionist. In this framing, the closed, nationalist, and protectionist camp…

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