Fred Block is a political and economic sociologist at UC Davis. Block’s work has helped debunk the widespread claims that the "free market" alone will drive the innovation process. On this score, his work is critical for a number of different constituents, in the U.S. and around the globe: scientists, creative workers, university administrators, and a host of other researchers. For the last seven years Block has been researching the activities of the U.S. government in support of the commercialization of new technologies. He has published an edited book on these programs called the State of Innovation: The U.S. Government's Role in Technology Development. His earlier books include The Power of Market Fundamentalism: Karl Polanyi’s Critique written with Margaret R. Somers, The Origins of International Economic Disorder (1977), Postindustrial Possibilities (1990), and The Vampire State (1996).