Finbarr Livesey - Should the UK have a new industrial policy? Rebalancing the economy for growth

21 October 2011, 1pm


Speaker: Dr Finbarr Livesey, Director, Centre for Industry and Government, Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge

The recent recession and credit crisis has led to calls for the UK economy to be rebalanced, moving away from service based industries and towards manufacturing. However, further clarity is needed on what rebalancing really means, the implications of rebalancing, and indeed how industrial growth on a large scale can be achieved in relatively short periods of time.

This talk will outline how industrial policy has re-emerged in the United Kingdom after a long absence, and highlight the ongoing issues of attempting to spark industrial growth in a country that remains dominated by non-interventionist narratives.


These seminars aim to bring together a diverse range of individuals from the humanities as well as social and natural sciences to discuss the public policy implications of their work and research.

They will take place on Fridays in the Department of Engineering on Trumpington Street in Lecture Room 4 from 1-2pm, throughout the Michaelmas term.

Each talk will last 25-30 minutes and will be followed by open discussion.

Dr Finbarr Livesey

Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge