Examining recent European experience with industrial policy, Dr. Udis explores ways to ease the transition to reduced or redirected levels of military spending. He surveys government policies in Great Britain, France, West Germany, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Italy, identifying strategies for individuals, firms, and regions as they adjust to shifts in the economy. Regional development, science and technology, and labor market policies are analyzed in conjunction with public procurement strategies and government aid for exports and international ventures. The book includes material drawn from the author's interviews with government officials and industry leaders, illustrating practitioners' perspectives on these measures and on the nature of diversification and conversion. Their views and experience, the author argues, will be valuable tools for policymakers weighing the costs and benefits of implementing industrial policies in the United States.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- The Economics of Diversification -- France -- Federal Republic of Germany -- Sweden -- United Kingdom -- Belgium -- The Netherlands -- Italy -- Conclusions
Bernard Udis is professor of economics, University of Colorado. He has published numerous journal articles and is the author of From Guns to Butter: Technology Organizations and Reduced Military Spending in Western Europe (1978).