U.S. Industrial Policy at the crossroads

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The Biden administration has resurrected industrial policy with a vengeance, reviving old intellectual debates about the virtues and vices of industrial policy and sparking new ones. This program brings together scholarly debates about industrial policy with a discussion of the practical challenges of designing and implementing industrial policy in the United States.

The first panel (3:10-4:30 PM) will review the lessons from the study of the comparative political economy of industrial policy and apply them to the US today. The second panel (4:40-6 PM) will examine the economic and political impact of US industrial policy on European and Asian partners, and assess the potential for collaboration and conflict. We will have a 10-minute break between the two sessions.

Panel 1: A Comparative Political Economy Perspective on US Industrial Policy (3:10-4:30 PM)
Panel 2: The New US Industrial Policy: Cooperation or Conflict with our Allies? (4:40-6)


  • Todd Tucker, Director, Industrial Policy and Trade, The Roosevelt Institute
  • Kate Gordon, former Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm
  • Laura Tyson, Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School, Haas School of Business
  • John Zysman, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley Department of Political Science
  • Paul Pierson, John Gross Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director, Berkeley Economy and Society Initiative
  • Steve Vogel, Il Han New Professor of Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science and Political Economy

This will be a hybrid (in-person and online) event. Registrants will be sent a Zoom link on the day of the event.


If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Chuck Kapelke at ckapelke@berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible.