Definition of dirigisme in English:


Syllabification: di·ri·gisme
Pronunciation: /ˈdiriˌZHizəm, ˌdiriˈZHizəm, ˌdērēˈZHēsm(ə)


  • State control of economic and social matters.
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    • The collapse of communism finally undid socialist dirigisme.
    • At the heart of Europe's reticence to follow the USA into the information free-for-all is a curious mixture of Continental, right wing dirigisme and social democratic, anti - market prejudice.
    • Examples of active industrial policy range from the French tradition of indicative economic planning or dirigisme to the various degrees of government support and direction in East Asia.



Pronunciation: /ˌdiriˈZHēst, ˌdirē-/
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  • Substantial middle and upper middle income groups have emerged, but in most developing countries they are thwarted by dirigiste policies that limit personal freedom and economic opportunities.
  • Neoclassical orthodoxy provided the intellectual foundations of a collectivist - or at any rate an interventionist and dirigiste - political consensus.
  • His political legacy, originally intended to be tighter integration of Britain into Europe, now looks like becoming the disengagement of Britain from a federalist, dirigiste, protectionist monolith.


1950s: from French, from the verb diriger, from Latin dirigere 'to direct'.

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