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Industrial Policy and DevelopmentThe Political Economy of Capabilities Accumulation$
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Mario Cimoli, Giovanni Dosi, and Joseph E. Stiglitz

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199235261

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235261.001.0001

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The Political Economy of Capabilities Accumulation: The Past and Future of Policies for Industrial Development

The Political Economy of Capabilities Accumulation: The Past and Future of Policies for Industrial Development

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(p.1) 1 The Political Economy of Capabilities Accumulation: The Past and Future of Policies for Industrial Development
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Industrial Policy and Development
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Mario Cimoli

Giovanni Dosi (Contributor Webpage)

Joseph E. Stiglitz (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235261.003.0001

This introductory chapter lays out the premise for the rest of the book and suggests that industrial policies have been a fundamental ingredient of all development processes. The notion of “industrial policy” is understood here in a quite expansive manner. It comprises policies affecting “infant industry” support of various kinds, but also trade policies, science and technology policies, public procurement, policies affecting foreign direct investments, intellectual property rights, and the allocation of financial resources. The contributions to this book analyze from different angles the role played by industrial policies, in the foregoing broad sense, and by institution building within that great transformation leading from traditional, mostly rural, economies to economies driven by industrial activities (and nowadays also advanced services), able to learn systematically how to implement and eventually how to generate new ways of producing existing and new products under conditions of dynamic increasing returns. The preface pulls together the major threads linking the various chapters of the book, addressing on the grounds of different national and regional experiences the patterns of knowledge accumulation, its political economy, the related distribution of rents, the role of trade, competition and IPR policies; the impact of institutions supporting technological learning, and the interaction between macro policies and corporate behaviors.

Keywords:   political economy, knowledge accumulation, industrial transformation, IPR policies, technological learning, macro policies, corporate behavior

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