Stuck in the Middle: Premature deindustrialisation and industrial policy? South Africa's challenges in an international context

Industrial Development Think Tank Public Lecture by Prof Antonio Andreoni and Prof Fiona Tregenna

Thursday, 6 September 2018 (16:00 - 17:15)

Benchmarking South Africa against international industrial performances and policy experiences offers an opportunity to identify those countries facing similar challenges and assess the extent to which their policy responses are feasible in the South African context, both from an economic and political economy perspectives. In this lecture two leading economists analyse the major global structural transformation underway in the industrial landscape, its impact on middle-income countries and the premature deindustrialisation trap. They will provide an industrial policy framework supported by a detailed analysis of different industrial policy instruments. Three country cases, of Brazil, China and Malaysia, will highlight the specific design, implementation and enforcement mechanisms adopted. The implications will be assessed for South Africa, in particular with regard to the premature de-industrialisation challenges and the need for a more integrated industrial policy framework.


  • Prof Antonio Andreoni (SOAS University of London and South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, University of Johannesburg)
  • Prof Fiona Tregenna (South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, University of Johannesburg) 

Venue: CCRED Seminar Room, 1st Floor, 6 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg. Click here for map
Date: 6 September 2018
Time: 16:00-17:15
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A collaboration between the Department of Trade and Industry, CCRED, and the SARChI Chair in Industrial Development

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