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Responding to the crisis: are policies aimed at a strong indigenous industrial base a necessary condition for sustainable economic growth?
Andreosso-O'Callaghan, Bernadette; Lenihan, Helena
We examine whether a strong indigenous manufacturing base is a necessary condition for sustainable economic growth in the case of two small, open economies, Ireland and Sweden. Sweden has been impacted by the economic crisis to a lesser degree than Ireland; we explore (through a manufacturing activity lens) the reasons for the asymmetric impacts and ask if the nature of the shock is related to 'Economic Sovereignty' and to the type of industrial policy. We argue Sweden was less affected given that its indigenous firms control the highly export-focused and technology-based engineering sector whereas in Ireland high-technology sectors are controlled by foreign firms. In terms of policy implications, we suggest that industrial policy should aim for sustainable economic activity and growth such that industrial activity within the economy should be able to minimise the impact of asymmetric shocks such as the current global economic recession. ACCEPTED peer-reviewed
Keyword(s): manufacturing base; economic vulnerability; shock; economic crisis; industrial policy
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: University of Limerick
Citation(s): Policy Studies;32 (4), pp. 325-345
Publisher(s): Taylor and Francis
First Indexed: 2017-03-04 05:50:08 Last Updated: 2017-03-04 05:50:08