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The industrial policy of competitiveness: A review of recent developments in the UK

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Colin Wren


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The industrial policy of competitiveness: a review of recent developments in the UK, Reg. Studies 35, 847-860. The article reviews the recent developments in UK competitiveness policy, and explores its relationship with industrial policy, including regional industrial policy. It argues that competitiveness is virtually synonymous with productivity growth, but that while four Competitiveness White Papers of the 1990s potentially broadened the scope of UK industrial policy, the shift from 'sectoral' to 'horizontal' measures has in fact helped much reduce the content of this policy. The article reviews current industrial policy and expenditure, distinguishing between the areas of science and technology, small firms and regional policy. It argues that industrial policy is now a part of competitiveness policy, being closely aligned to the efficiency role of government. It finds that while policy has converged on a narrower set of measures, the traditional boundaries between the science and technology, small firm and regional policy components have become much less clear-cut.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wren C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Regional Studies

Year: 2001

Volume: 35

Issue: 9

Pages: 847-860

Print publication date: 01/01/2001

ISSN (print): 0034-3404

ISSN (electronic): 1360-0591

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/00343400120090266


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