Type
Article
Titre
Fixing network failures? The contested case of the American Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Dans
Socio-Economic Review
Auteur(s)
BRANDT Philipp - (Auteur)
WHITFORD Josh - Columbia University (Auteur)
Éditeur
GB : Oxford University Press
Volume
15
Numéro
2
Pages
331 - 357 p.
ISSN
14751461
Mots clés
Economic policy, Industrial policy, USA
Résumé
EN
The article uses a case study of the American Manufacturing Extension Partnership to explore economic and industrial policy in the contemporary USA. Extensive quantitative and qualitative data are mobilized to show that: (a) the agency is pressured politically to limit its activities to ‘blunt’ remedies for identifiable ‘market failures’; even as (b) regional centers in fact often orient also, and sometimes instead, toward ‘coordination-oriented’ policies to mitigate ‘network failures’; and (c) these latter generate better results, on average, for client manufacturers. The findings challenge neo-institutional claims that economic policies are most effective only when complementary to the dominant institutional coordinating capacities embedded in the existing American political economy, or when they have the exceptional support of the American security establishment. They are, however, consistent with an alternative neo-Polanyian approach that explains when and how street-level policymakers dispersed across American federalism sometimes sidestep the ideological hegemony of ‘market fundamentalism’. |[Résumé éditeur]

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