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The Development of Competitive Industries: The Role of State Government Actors


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Wickham, M (2007) The Development of Competitive Industries: The Role of State Government Actors. The Australian Journal of Public Administration, 66 (1). pp. 38-51. ISSN 0313-6647

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Despite widespread adoption of Porter's Industrial Cluster Theory as a policy development
framework by federal and state governments over the past decade, Australia remains significantly
below the OECD average in terms of its industries' economic contributions to real
wealth creation (Brown 2000; OECD 1998). The major cause cited for this relatively poor
performance has been inability of key government officials to implement effective industry
policy that simultaneously avoids de facto protectionism and distortion of competition. This
article provides an insight into the key policy decisions undertaken by the Tasmanian state
government that coincided with development of an internationally successful shipbuilding
industry in that state. As such, this article provides a reflection on policy initiatives that may
be valuable for government officials elsewhere.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: industrial policy development, Tasmanian light shipbuilding industry, semi-structured interviews, policy initiatives
Journal or Publication Title: The Australian Journal of Public Administration
Page Range: pp. 38-51
ISSN: 0313-6647
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2007.00512.x
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Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:20
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