Government is always practicing industrial policy, whether it acknowledges it or not. Our industrial policy and trade work seeks to build a theory and practice of how and when government should directly shape markets to better serve Americans. Our research focuses on building a distinctly American industrial policy—one that is democratically and effectively governed and financed, with the objective of reshaping industries with guardrails that advance equitable labor, environmental imperatives, corporate governance, and racial equity outcomes. The shift to an openly acknowledged industrial policy in turn requires rethinking the long-dominant neoliberal approach to trade policy.

Industrial Policy Blog Posts

Underserved Communities In California Receive No-Cost Solar Energy Installation

Large-Scale Solar Energy Build-Out Requires Community Engagement

Wind, sun and water energy.

Can Policy Feedback Inoculate Clean Transitions?

President Biden Visits A Semiconductor Manufacturer In North Carolina

Tracking the Trackers

Why the US and EU’s Green Steel Negotiations Matter: A Series

HIROSHIMA, JAPAN - MAY 20: U.S. President Joe Biden listens as G7 leaders participate in an event on global infrastructure and investment during the G7 Summit on May 20, 2023 in Hiroshima, Japan. The G7 summit will be held in Hiroshima from 19-22 May. (Photo by Susan Walsh - Pool/Getty Images)

Why Biden’s Green Steel Deal Is Smart International Relations

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 04: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the February jobs report during an event at the White House complex March 4, 2022 in Washington, DC. The U.S. economy added 678,000 new jobs in the month of February. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Why Biden’s Domestic Content Incentives Matter

Todd Tucker, Sameera Fazili, Jane Flegal, Jennifer Harris, and K. Sabeel Rahman sitting on stage at Roosevelt's April 25, 2023 launch event for their new report.

Four Takeaways from Roosevelt’s Industrial Policy Synergies Event

Ursula von der Leyen (European Commission) and Joe Biden

How the US and EU Can Rewrite Trade Rules to Fight the Climate Crisis

Male and female engineers working at solar power plant. Two technicians in reflective clothing walking between rows of photovoltaic panels at solar farm.

Clean Energy Industrial Policy: A Go-To Issue with Nascent Bipartisan Appeal

Man checking solar panels with windmills in the background

Clean Supply Chains and New Place-Based Strategies for Economic Development

Five Takeaways from the Roosevelt Institute’s Progressive Industrial Policy Forum


Explore Past Industrial Policy Events

Industrial Policy Synergies: Reflections from Biden Administration Alumni

On April 25, 2023, the Roosevelt Institute hosted a conversation with authors of our report Industrial Policy Synergies: Reflections from Biden Administration Alumni.

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Industrial Policy Biden Alumni Event Panel

Progressive Industrial Policy: 2022 and Beyond

Industrial policy is on the rise in the US because it meets the scale of our challenges. To mark and reflect on this shift, the Roosevelt Institute organized a major in-person forum in Washington, DC, on October 7, 2022.

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Industrial Policy Forum Session Panel

Green Steel Deal: A Transformative Trade Policy for Our Economy & Environment

On March 22, 2022, the Roosevelt Institute convened a panel of experts for a discussion about how the Global Steel and Aluminum Arrangement will transform our economy and the effect it will have on meeting our climate goals.

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