A cautionary tale of two ‘tigers’: Industrial policy ‘lessons’ from Ireland and Hungary?


This paper draws industrial policy lessons for small Central and Eastern European states through a critical evaluation of recent Irish and Hungarian experiences. The paper outlines a ‘holistic view’ of industrial policy before exploring the experiences of the two economies. Whilst both have managed to ‘do’ policy well in some regards, substantial challenges remain in making FDI attraction the centrepiece of industrial policy, as has been highlighted recently. Overall, the paper suggests that wholesale emulation of the Irish and Hungarian approach is problematic for small open CEE states, and that more balanced approaches to development - and hence industrial policy – are warranted.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0269094216677779
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
Additional Information: Funding: EU Horizon 2020 project MAKERS – Smart Manufacturing for EU growth and prosperity, a project funded by the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Programme, under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (691192).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Central and Eastern Europe,hungary,industrial policy,Ireland,foreign direct investment,policy evaluation
Publication ISSN: 1470-9325
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2024 07:12
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2016 13:15
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016-12-01
Published Online Date: 2016-11-15
Accepted Date: 2016-10-14
Authors: Bailey, David (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1956-0556)
Lenihan, Helena
de Ruyter, Alex



Version: Accepted Version

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