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Darius Ornston

Associate Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

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Darius Ornston is Associate Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto where he specializes in innovation policy, comparative politics, and Nordic Europe. His first book, When Small States Make Big Leaps, illustrates how these communities use cooperation to enter high-technology markets. In Good Governance Gone Bad, Dr. Ornston demonstrates how the same, tight-knit networks that accelerate restructuring can also lead to policy overshooting and overinvestment. His research on innovation policy, economic development, and policy experimentation has been published by Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Governance, Industrial and Corporate Change, the OECD, Review of Policy Research, Socio-Economic Review, West European Politics, and the World Bank. He is currently examining how local actors can promote innovation and, with Dan Breznitz, the design and impact of innovation agencies. Before arriving at the Munk School, Dr. Ornston worked at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in Political Science in 2009.

Selected publications

Good Governance Gone Bad: When Nordic Adaptability Leads to Excess. Ithaca: Cornell University Press (2018)

 “The Revolutionary Power of Peripheral Agencies: Explaining Radical Policy Innovation in Finland and Israel.” Comparative Political Studies 46:10 (2013), 1219-1245 (with Dan Breznitz)

When Small States Make Big Leaps: Institutional Innovation and High Tech Competition in Western Europe. Ithaca: Cornell University Press (2012)

Recent publications

“Mission Critical: The Means, Ends, and Design of Innovation Agencies.” Industrial and Corporate Change 27:5 (2018), 883-896 (with Dan Breznitz and Steven Samford)

 “The Politics of Partial Success: Fostering Innovation in Innovation Policy in an Era of Heightened Public Scrutiny.” Socioeconomic Review 16:4 (2018), 721-741 (with Dan Breznitz)

Good Governance Gone Bad: When Nordic Adaptability Leads to Excess. Ithaca: Cornell University Press (2018) 

“EU Financing and Innovation in Poland.” European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Working Paper, No. 197. London: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (2017) (with Dan Breznitz)