Introduction and Overview

  • James T. Bennett


Federal patronage of science was never contemplated by the men who wrote the U.S. Constitution. The Founders did seek, in Article 1, Section 8, to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Art” by granting inventors patent rights, but direct subvention to scientists and scientific organizations was not considered within the realm of the central government.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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