Made in Africa presents the findings of original field research into the design, practice, and varied outcomes of industrial policy in different sectors in Ethiopia. The book explores how and why the outcomes of industrial policy are shaped by particular factors in different industries. The findings are discussed against the backdrop of ‘industrial policy’, which has recently found renewed favour among economists and international organizations, and of the history of thought about and practice in industrialization. It argues that an effective industrial policy requires a more interventionist state than most development economists would accept, including those recently claiming to champion a ‘new industrial policy’.
It also examines industrial structures and associated global value chains to demonstrate the challenges faced by African firms in international markets. The book seeks to learn from the failures and successes in the cement, leather and leather products, and floriculture sectors, all of them functioning under the umbrella of a single industrial strategy. Moreover, it argues that success lies in the interactions among policy, specific industrial structures, and institutions. Specifically, this book argues that a successful policy should maximize linkage effects, but will flounder in the absence of a clear understanding of the political economy of each sector.