Strategic Response to COVID-Crisis in the Automotive Industry: Comparing European and Global Approaches


This project compares how firms and governments of five countries – Germany, France, the United States, Japan, and China – strategically respond to the COVID-crisis in the car industry. Our focus is the pandemic’s long-term impact on two ongoing sectoral transformations: (1) the changing international division of labor between high- and low-wage countries, and (2) the transition to electromobility. We aim to develop policy-relevant knowledge and a cross-national perspective on the changing value chains, business-government relations, and industrial policy agendas in the automotive industry as one of the key sectors of the global economy.