Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Short Bibliography on Protectionism and Industrial Policy

The issue of protectionism – and the related issue of industrial policy – is back on the political agenda, mainly because of the current US election season.

Some very good books and articles relevant here are as follows:
Amsden, Alice. 1989. Asia’s Next Giant: South Korea and Late Industrialization. Oxford University Press, New York.

Amsden, Alice. 1990. “East Asia’s Challenge – to Standard Economics,” American Prospect 2 (Summer): 71–77.

Bairoch, Paul. 1993. Economics and World History: Myths and Paradoxes. Harvester Wheatsheaf, New York and London.

Chang, Ha-Joon. 2002. Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective. Anthem Press, London.

Chang, Ha-Joon (ed.). 2003. Rethinking Development Economics. Anthem Press, London.

Chang, Ha-Joon. 2005. The East Asian Development Experience: The Miracle, the Crisis and the Future. Zed, London.

Chang, Ha-Joon. 2008. Bad Samaritans: Rich Nations, Poor Policies, and the Threat to the Developing World. Random House Business, London.

Chang, Ha-Joon. 2011. 23 Things They Don’t Tell You about Capitalism. Bloomsbury Press, New York and London.

Chang, Ha-Joon. 2014. Economics: The User’s Guide. Bloomsbury Press, New York, NY.

Reinert, Erik S. 2007. How Rich Countries Got Rich, and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor. Carroll & Graf, New York.

Prestowitz, Clyde V. 2005. “China as No. 1,” American Prospect, February 21

Prestowitz, Clyde V. 2015. “Our Incoherent China Policy,” American Prospect Fall

Prestowitz, C. V. 2010. The Betrayal of American Prosperity: Free Market Delusions, America’s Decline, and How we Must Compete in the Post-Dollar Era, Free Press, New York and London.

Galbraith, J. K. 2008. The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too. Free Press, New York.
Some interesting articles on the role of infant industry protectionism in the US in the early 19th century are as follows:
Bils, Mark. 1984. “Tariff Protection and Production in the Early U.S. Cotton Textile Industry,” The Journal of Economic History 44.4: 1033–1045.

Temin, Peter. 1988. “Product Quality and Vertical Integration in the Early Cotton Textile Industry,” The Journal of Economic History 48.4: 891–907.

Harley, C. K. 1992. “The Antebellum American Tariff: Food Exports and Manufacturing,” Explorations in Economic History 29: 375–400.

Irwin, Douglas A. and Peter Temin. 2001. “The Antebellum Tariff on Cotton Textiles Revisited,” Journal of Economic History 61: 777–805.


  1. Chalmers Johnson's MITI and the Japanese Miracle used to be required reading, as much as Robert Wade's Governing the Market. Michael Best's The New Competition was less influential, but I think was relevant too. Also, the neo-Schumpeterian literature stemming from Nelson and Winter, like the work by Dosi. I would also recommend the more recent work by Fred Block on the hidden developmental state in the US.

  2. I've given you some criticism on foreign policy, but I must say overall I've found your blog to be quite a useful resource and in many cases a good exercise in challenging minds. I post a lot of stuff I find here to a group I run related to Men's Rights Activism. Just thought you should know ;-)