Fixing network failures? The contested case of the American Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Brandt, Philipp ; Whitford, Josh

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2017
The title of a journal, publication series: Socio-Economic Review
Volume: 15
Issue number: 2
Page range: 331-357
Place of publication: Oxford
Publishing house: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1475-1461 , 1475-147X
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
School of Social Sciences > Economic and Organizational Sociology (Hillmann 2009-)
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: The article uses a case study of the American Manufacturing Extension Partnership to explore economic and industrial policy in the contemporary USA. Extensive quantitative and qualitative data are mobilized to show that: (a) the agency is pressured politically to limit its activities to ‘blunt’ remedies for identifiable ‘market failures’; even as (b) regional centers in fact often orient also, and sometimes instead, toward ‘coordination-oriented’ policies to mitigate ‘network failures’; and (c) these latter generate better results, on average, for client manufacturers. The findings challenge neo-institutional claims that economic policies are most effective only when complementary to the dominant institutional coordinating capacities embedded in the existing American political economy, or when they have the exceptional support of the American security establishment. They are, however, consistent with an alternative neo-Polanyian approach that explains when and how street-level policymakers dispersed across American federalism sometimes sidestep the ideological hegemony of ‘market fundamentalism’.

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