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Reducing Complexity in the Industrial Policy Debate

Published on 1 July 2006

A central concern of industrial policy is how to configure the relationship with the global economy. The manifold choices and pressures make this a difficult task for policy-makers.

This article suggests a way of framing discussions between policy-makers, advisers and researchers, to help reduce complexity and find common ground. It demonstrates how different constellations of low/high challenge and support bring out the essence of different policy regimes, and how different constellations of narrow/wide technology and marketing gaps help identify the most plausible way forward.

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Schmitz, H. (2006) Reducing complexity in the industrial policy debate. Working paper series, 271. Brighton: IDS.

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Hubert Schmitz

Emeritus Fellow

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Schmitz, H.
Development Policy Review, volume 25, issue 4