Steven Samford

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Innovation Policy Lab


I am a post-doctoral fellow in the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. My primary interests are in the areas of innovation networks, political economy of development, and regulation. Among other things, I am working on a book manuscript on the politics of innovation in low-tech industry in Mexico.  It addresses the larger question of why some small firms in labor-intensive industries in the developing world have been able to adapt positively to globalized markets and why others have been forced to take the “low road” of cutting wages and health and labor protections in order to compete.

Selected Publications

Samford, Steven. Forthcoming. “Innovation and Public Space: The Developmental Possibilities of Regulation in the Global South.” Regulation and Governance.

Samford, Steven and Priscila Ortega Gómez. 2014. “Subnational Politics and Foreign Direct Investment in Mexico.” Review of International Political Economy. 21(2): 467-496.

Samford, Steven. 2010. “Averting ‘Disruption and Reversal’: The Logic of Rapid Trade Reform in Latin America.” Politics and Society 38 (3): 373-407.

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