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A cautionary tale of two ‘tigers’: Industrial policy ‘lessons’ from Ireland and Hungary?

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  • David Bailey
  • Helena Lenihan
  • Alex De Ruyter

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This paper draws industrial policy lessons for small Central and Eastern European states through a critical evaluation of recent Irish and Hungarian experiences. The paper outlines a ‘holistic view’ of industrial policy before exploring the experiences of the two economies. Whilst both have managed to ‘do’ policy well in some regards, substantial challenges remain in making foreign direct investment attraction the centrepiece of industrial policy, as has been highlighted recently. Overall, the paper suggests that wholesale emulation of the Irish and Hungarian approach is problematic for small open Central and Eastern Europe states, and that more balanced approaches to development – and hence industrial policy – are warranted.

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  • David Bailey & Helena Lenihan & Alex De Ruyter, 2016. "A cautionary tale of two ‘tigers’: Industrial policy ‘lessons’ from Ireland and Hungary?," Local Economy, London South Bank University, vol. 31(8), pages 873-891, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:loceco:v:31:y:2016:i:8:p:873-891
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    1. Gál, Zoltán, 2019. "Az FDI szerepe a gazdasági növekedés és a beruházások területi differenciálódásában Magyarországon [The foreign direct investment role in Hungarys economic growth and territorial differentiation of," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(6), pages 653-686.

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