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Industrial transformation in the aftermath of the crisis:an empirical analysis of industrialpolicies in France, Germany, Spain andthe United Kingdom

Garcia Calvo, Angela and Coulter, Steve (2017) Industrial transformation in the aftermath of the crisis:an empirical analysis of industrialpolicies in France, Germany, Spain andthe United Kingdom. CES Open Forum Series, 28.

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Abstract

This paper gauges the forces and structures that shape economic transformation through an analysis of industrial polices in four European economies since the 2008 crisis: France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. We argue that differences across recent European industrial policies respond to variations in national historical and institutional legacies; the characteristics of productive structures and the capabilities of the state. Pathdependency shapes views regarding the acceptable role of the state, although institutional legacies need to be balanced against historical institutional consistency and the intensity of the crisis. The characteristics of industry in terms of size, specialization, and position in the global division of labor affect preferences for framework versus sector-specific policies and the ambitiousness of goals. Finally, the state’s coordination capacity is essential to the design and efficient implementation of interrelated actions across multiple areas whereas financial capacity establishes commitment, signals priorities, and determines the feasibility of forward-looking projects.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://ces.fas.harvard.edu/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Date Deposited: 05 May 2017 13:54
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2019 23:07
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/75671

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