Rethinking policy options for industry: Appropriateness in policies for industry and UK farming and food

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This article assesses the appropriateness of lean supply and partnership relationship management policies as a means of invigorating industry, using the example of the UK pig and beef industry. The analysis assesses the extent to which it is operationally feasible, and with what commercial consequences, in UK pig and beef supply chains and markets. The analysis demonstrates that the lean and partnering approach is not always operationally feasible. Furthermore, when it is operationally feasible dominant players only - such as multiple retailers - appear to benefit commercially from its adoption. Given this, alternative policy options may be required in the future for such reinvigoration of industry. A framework to guide policy selection is provided.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)813-836
Number of pages24
JournalPublic Administration
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008