Emerging models of networked industrial policy: recent trends in automotive policy in the USA and Germany

Type de publication:

Journal Article


International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Volume 22, Number 1, p.29-51 (2022)




Automotive industry, Automotive policy, Battery-electric vehicles, Commerce, Comparative capitalism, Electric grounding, Germany, Industrial policies, Me-xico, Networked industrial policy, Plug-in electric vehicles, Recent trends, Trade Agreements, USA


The adoption of the US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement and the transition to electric and autonomous vehicles has created uncertainty for automotive companies. In response, the need for government efforts to position traditional automotive regions as a source of high-quality, green vehicles is pressing. The policy mix is changing rapidly as the public sector and firms cope with the challenges associated with new trade confrontations and disruptive technologies. The article captures this evolving policy landscape through a comparative analysis of automotive policy with respect to BEVs in the USA and Germany. It examines how innovation policies help the sector navigate the current technological transition. We find that theories grounded in traditional comparative political science do not provide an adequate framework to explain the observed similarities and differences in policy trajectories in the two countries. The article adopts insights from the networked industrial policy perspective to better understand the repertoire of policy instruments adopted to manage the changing impact of alternative energy technologies in the automotive industry. © 2022 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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