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Strategic planning and industrial policy


  • Michael Best


The poor performance of British industry in international markets is partly due to a lack of sector strategic planning. Whereas the Thatcher government looks to an unfettering of the market mechanism as the key to industrial recovery, in fact this is contrary to the experience of several other capitalist countries. The role of banks and government agencies in Japan, of inter-firm co-operation in Italy, and of various corporatist instruments in France and Germany, suggest ways in which local enterprise boards could assist the re-structuring of manufacturing industry in Britain.

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  • Michael Best, 1986. "Strategic planning and industrial policy," Local Economy, London South Bank University, vol. 1(1), pages 65-77.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:loceco:v:1:y:1986:i:1:p:65-77

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