The Constitutional Chaos of Industrial Policy

As its contemporary advocates employ the term, "industrial policy" imports a peculiar form of governmental intervention in the evolutionary process of the market economy.1 In its turn, governmental intervention implies legislative statutes, executive orders, administrative rules and regulations, and judicial decisions-which themselves always at least potentially involve, at some stage, considerations of constitutional law. Therefore, judging the appropriateness of any industrial policy requires recourse, not simply to economics, hut also to the Constitution.

This article catalogues the major types of industrial policy being promoted today and critically assesses them from the perspective of constitutional law.

  • Authors: Edwin Vieira Jr.
  • Year: 1984
  • Organisation: Cato Institute
  • Publisher: Cato Institute
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