Reinventing Modern European Industrial Policy – A Regional Response to the Crisis

  • Matjaz Nahtigal University of Primorska, Faculty of Management, Cankarjeva 5, p.p. 761, 6101 Koper
Keywords: European industrial policy, 'old' and 'new' industrial policy, European legal constraints, regional development, European single market


The purpose of this article is to show that the current European Union (EU) legal framework is unnecessarily restrictive and unduly suppresses economic and developmental initiatives in many stagnating regions across Europe. More innovative industrial policies, instruments and measures should be adopted in a highly decentralized manner across the EU. Between the ‘laissez-faire’ and ‘dirigiste’ approaches, there is significant room to maneuver for more pro-active industrial and development policies. New forms of industrial policies could and should be reinvented and implemented across the EU – not to harm or distort competition, but rather to further enhance it. More than one form and framework exist for a Single Market and for the competition policies.Modern industrial policy presupposes high-quality public institutions with highly competent administration. It requires autonomy and accountability of the public administration to counter the pressures of various interest groups. The proposal to revive and articulate modern types of industrial policies across the EU is a call for comprehensive economic and social restructuring. The task of modern industrial policy is to organize and strengthen capabilities of restructuring in the direction of high-productivity activities.

Author Biography

Matjaz Nahtigal, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management, Cankarjeva 5, p.p. 761, 6101 Koper
Associate Professor