Industrial Policies for Technological Change: the Case of West Germany

  • Manfred E. Streit
Part of the Vienna Institute for Comparative Economic Studies book series (VICES)


As a branch of the “New Interventionism” (1), industrial policy in the Federal Republic of Germany has — as elsewhere — a long record which can be traced back to the so-called structural policy. It is only new insofar as the explicit promotion of technological change and innovation has begun to receive more attention since the early 1960s. The following presentation of the policy is restricted to public assistance provided directly to the business sector and hence excludes the financing of basic research in universities and non-profit organisations. It concentrates on an analysis of the policy structure as it developed during the last two and a half decades; an assessment of its general importance and likely impact, and public-choice arguments which may help to explain the conduct of policy.


Technological Change Industrial Policy Public Assistance Seventh Report Advisory Agency 
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References and notes

  1. (2).
    M. E. Streit, “Innovationspolitik zwischen Unwissenheit und Anmaßung von Wissen”, Hamburger Jahrbuch für Wirtschafts- und Gesellschaftspolitik, 29 (1984), pp. 35–54.Google Scholar

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© Wiener Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsvergleiche (WIIW) (The Vienna Institute for Comparative Economic Studies) 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Manfred E. Streit
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Economics and StatisticsUniversity of MannheimGermany

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