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The Practice of Industrial Policy: Government—Business Coordination in Africa and East Asia

John Page and Finn Tarp


Much of the information relevant to policy formulation for industrial development is held by the private sector, not by public officials. There is, therefore, fairly broad agreement in the development literature that some form of structured engagement—often referred to as close or strategic coordination—between the public and private sectors is needed, to assist in the design of appropriate policies and provide feedback on their implementation. There is less agreement on how that engagement should be structured, how its objectives be defined, and how success be measured. In fact, the academic ... More

Keywords: Africa, industrial development, industrial policy, public and private sectors, policy formulation, structural transformation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198796954
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198796954.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Page, editor
Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution

Finn Tarp, editor
Director, UNU-WIDER and Professor of Development Economics, University of Copenhagen