The New European Industrial Policy: Global Competitiveness and the Manufacturing Renaissance, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The New European Industrial Policy

Global Competitiveness and the Manufacturing Renaissance, 1st Edition

By Franco Mosconi


230 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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The years since the global financial crisis have seen something of a renaissance in the manufacturing industry. The United States has launched its Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, and China owes much of its spectacular economic boom in the last decades to its being the 'world's factory'. Is there room for the EU in this landscape?

This timely new book explores Europe’s role in this evolving environment. It argues that on the one hand, in terms of sheer numbers, the role of the manufacturing industry in the EU is on a par with other major global economies. However, the book also states that Europe falls short of its global competitors (the USA in particular) in terms of its involvement in the most innovative manufacturing sectors. The volume therefore argues that this creates the opportunity for a new European industrial policy.

Exploring the development of current EU policy, the book puts forward suggestions as to how the EU can improve in terms of the competitiveness of its technology policy. Placing the EU’s position in the context of the industrial structures of the USA, Japan and the BRICs, the book blends theoretical models and practical examples in order to offer a the state of the art look at the current and future direction of Europe’s industrial policy. This book will be of relevance to all those with an interest in European economics, industrial economics, public policy, European politics and European studies.


"I think the book by Franco Mosconi can contribute to raise the awareness of the urgency of such line of policy. It gathers all the most important documents and position papers by the EU and other sources dealing with the issue; it offers a relevant statistical background in support of the arguments developed and, above all, it makes a good reading, clear and complete, for anyone who needs or wants to be acquainted with the matter."

Professor Vera Zamagni, University of Bologna and Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center

Table of Contents

I. The New European Industrial Policy: An Overview II. The New European Oligopoly: The Role of the "European Champions" III. Industrial Policy and "Models of Capitalism" IV. Drawing the Third Side of the Triangle: Reshaping EU "Technology Policy" V. State and Market in Today’s Europe: A Journey Across the EU and Nation-States Epilogue. The Time of Coincidence

About the Author

Franco Mosconi is Associate Professor of Industrial Economics at the University of Parma, where since 2003 he has held the ‘Jean Monnet Chair’.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the European Economy

Routledge Studies in the European Economy is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Featuring compact and well researched volumes of 150 to 300 pages, the series provides a range of content considering the European economy alongside history, politics, cultural studies, agriculture, education, globalisation, and other subjects, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Manufacturing Industries