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4 issues per year View Reviews   |   Write Review From €6.25 per issue Founded in 1975, Boston Review is a non-profit, reader-supported political and literary magazine—a public space for discussion of ideas and culture. We put a range of voices and views in dialogue on the web (without paywalls or commercial ads) and in print (four times a year)—covering lots of ground from politics and philosophy to poetry, fiction, book reviews, and criticism. One premise ties it all together: that a flourishing democracy depends on public discussion and the open exchange of ideas.

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Boston Review  |  Public Purpose  


Known around the world for challenging mainstream economics, economist Mariana Mazzucato believes, as the Financial Times writes, that “the public sector can and should be a cocreator of wealth that actively steers growth to meet its goals.” In Public Purpose: Industrial Policy's Comeback and Government's Role in Shared Prosperity, she calls on governments to create the economies we need today.

Mazzucato's challenge leads off a debate on the revival of industrial policy—roughly defined as deliberate government action to re(shape) the economy. Industrial policy has fallen out of favor in recent decades as economists defer to free markets to produce innovation and growth. Yet today, thinkers across the political spectrum have begun expressing new interest in industrial policy as a way to address the most serious problems of our times: from national security and climate change, to the market's underfunding of public goods, to sluggish economic growth and labor market dysfunction.

Public Purpose makes a compelling case for industrial policy—what it is, and why we need it now. Addressing investment, innovation, supply chains, and growth, it provides a robust vision of a renewed industrial policy, and what it can offer the US economy in the face of climate change and a global pandemic.
Founded in 1975, Boston Review is a non-profit, reader-supported political and literary magazine—a public space for discussion of ideas and culture. We put a range of voices and views in dialogue on the web (without paywalls or commercial ads) and in print (four times a year)—covering lots of ground from politics and philosophy to poetry, fiction, book reviews, and criticism. One premise ties it all together: that a flourishing democracy depends on public discussion and the open exchange of ideas.
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Great publication—their quarterly issues are some of my favorite reads throughout the year. And they're a nonprofit, so I like supporting their mission. Reviewed Monday, August 5, 2019

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EDITORS’ NOTE in the early 1980s, some observers concerned about the state of the U.S. economy thought that the remedy might be “industrial policy”— government-directed efforts to promote structural economic chan...
ECONOMIC POLICY WITH A MISSION WHEN PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN campaigned last year under the slogan “Build Back Better,” he signaled a break with decades of economic thinking that prescribed a limited government role in the economy. A...
MAKING PROSPERITY LOCAL AT SUMMER’S DOG DAYS I travel to Cobalt in Northern Ontario. Created overnight by the discover y of rich silver deposits in 1903, the town set off a mining boom; bet ween 1905 and 1914 alone more p...
BEYOND ELITE INNOVATION DAN BREZNITZ OFFERS A WEALTH of sobering lessons on innovation and development. One stands out in particular: don’t be dazzled by glamour. He urges us not to succumb to the “techno-fetishism that eq...
HARD CHOICES mariana mazzucato has been one of the leading critics of the premise that government should not “pick winners” using industrial policies. She has demolished this argument by reference both to theory...
THINK INSTITUTIONALLY MAZZUCATO AND HER COLLEAGUES call for ambitious, “mission-oriented” industrial policy with system-wide, cross-sectoral investment in contrast to the narrower task of prioritizing a particular indust...

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