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Willian B. Bonvillian and Peter L. Singer

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037037

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037037.001.0001

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Conclusion: Manufacturing Matters More Than Ever

Conclusion: Manufacturing Matters More Than Ever

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(p.265) 10 Conclusion: Manufacturing Matters More Than Ever
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Advanced Manufacturing
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William B. Bonvillian

Peter L. Singer

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037037.003.0010

This concluding chapter argues that the larger issue facing the United States is that the social disruption will not just fade away. The decline of manufacturing was a wild card factor that spelled growing social disappointment and corresponding social disruption. The outcome of the 2016 presidential election brought this reality home to all—it was in significant part a postindustrial backlash. The United States can ignore manufacturing and allow it to continue to erode, but the consequences to U.S. innovation capability and therefore to economic growth appear to be problematic. It also now appears that there are consequences for the nation's social fabric and democratic values as well. Ultimately, a new strategy of innovation-driven advanced manufacturing offers one pathway out of America's economic problems.

Keywords:   social disruption, manufacturing, 2016 presidential election, U.S. innovation, economic growth, democratic values, advanced manufacturing

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