Carlota Perez studies the relationship between technology and economic development, between finance and technological diffusion and between technical and institutional change. Her work looks at the impact of technical change and technological revolutions on society and the economy at the national and global levels. Her previous book, Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: the Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages (2002, Edward Elgar), examined the roles of finance and markets in unleashing technological revolutions. Beyond the Technological Revolution: the role of the state in the transition to a golden age is a continuation of this work; a four-year research project established to study the role of government and society, past and present, in promoting and propagating innovation to generate inclusive growth. As in previous work, the analysis of history we will be doing is carried out with the aim of identifying patterns that will help policymakers to comprehend the present and identify potential paths of action, ones with the potential to lead from the current economic crisis to a ‘golden age’ – a positive-sum game for business and society.