Ferdi De Ville

Ferdi De Ville is Associate Professor in European political economy at the Department of Political Science. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Ghent University. His research interests include European and international political economy. In particular, he focuses on European Union trade policy, distributive effects of European integration and varieties of capitalism in Europe.


The Return of Industrial Policy in the European Union

The EU tried in vain to create the world economy in its own image. Now it is turning to industrial policy to assertively protect its model against the policies of others. A new European industrial policy could democratise, accelerate, and make the green and digital transitions more just. To achieve these benefits, it requires European not national funding, needs to boost additional investment rather than the profits of established firms, and must be transparent, conditional, and inclusive.

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