IPR Policy Brief - A new industrial policy for the UK - some guidelines for policy-makers

Philip Tomlinson, Keith Cowling

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Abstract

Global financial crisis, failures in corporate governance and economic management and the on-going recession - the worst since the 1930s - has led to dissatisfaction with the neoliberal economic model which has dominated economic policy-making for the last 30 years.

In the UK there is an emerging debate about the need to re-balance the economy, away from heavy consumerism and an unhealthy reliance upon the financial sector. This has led to a revival of interest in industrial strategy and calls for the UK government to adopt a more proactive role in promoting long term sustainable productive activities.

Research by Professor Keith Cowling (University of Warwick) and Dr Phil Tomlinson (University of Bath) argues that while such an approach is welcome and timely, it is also important that any new policy framework considers and addresses the underlying economic governance structures in the UK economy.

They raise concerns that concentration of economic power within the (transnational) corporate sector significantly reduces the potential for industrial policy to foster enduring economic growth, and is detrimental to the wider public interest. Their research explores the prospects and makes recommendations for a new UK industrial policy, by considering the experiences of industrial policies employed around the globe.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Bath
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

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