Great Decisions Topic: Industrial Policy

Speaker Date: February 25, 2022

Great Decisions Topic:


There is no single accepted definition for the term “industrial policy.” The current discussion of industrial policy in the United States is not simply about whether or not to support specific companies or industries, but about trust or mistrust of the government and its ability to manage the economy and deal with a rising China. The upheaval in supply chain during the pandemic exposed weaknesses in the international economy.

What policies can the United States implement to deal with trade and the economy? Dr. Mark Wilson will give us insight into our policy options.

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Mark Wilson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History at UNC Charlotte


Mark R Wilson is a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he directs the university’s interdisciplinary Capitalism Studies program.

He earned his Ph. D in History from University of Chicago, in 2002. He joined UNCC in 2004. His research focuses on history of military-industrial relations. He is the author of numerous books dealing with industrial policy primarily related to the military complex.