Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Controlled or guided by a central authority, as in an economy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Directed by a central authority; ; with respect to economics, opposed to free-market. See also dirigisme.

Etymologies

Borrowing from French dirigiste, from diriger ("to run, to direct"), from Latin dirigere, present active infinitive of dīrigō ("direct, steer") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • After much yardage of "feel-good" waffle, EurActive gets down to brass tacks on regulatory issues, telling us that Witney, "…does not believe a change of the overall situation for European defence procurement can be achieved with 'dirigiste' measures from Brussels that members states are not comfortable with."

    White man speak with forked tongue

  • He does not actually argue that "a change of overall situation for European defence procurement" cannot be achieved "with 'dirigiste' measures from Brussels", merely that it cannot be achieved "with measures… that members states are not comfortable with."

    White man speak with forked tongue

  • This state intervention has entailed detailed "dirigiste" planning and implementation of comprehensive development programmes, fully accepting the concept of a developmental state.

    ANC Today

  • * This state intervention has entailed detailed "dirigiste" planning and implementation of comprehensive development programmes, fully accepting the concept of a developmental state.

    ANC Today

  • Protectionist trade policy and dirigiste industrial policy meet at several junctions.

    China's Trade-off

  • Contrast that to a Napoleonic, top-down, dirigiste environment where a mere individual, literally or metaphorically, needs to be somehow 'licensed': a 'permis a creer', as it were.

    Nick Jefferson: Smile. They Can't Commoditize Creativity.

  • In India, which still hasn't fully recovered from its dirigiste past, a new set of rules begets another one, and bureaucracy easily expands.

    India's Middle Class Hungers for Undemocratic Change

  • US policies continue to allow foreign dirigiste economies to steal a march on solar and carbon-reducing technologies.

    Discourse.net: Recapping My 2008 Predictions

  • It is the "ever-closer union" that sceptics claim will yield a brittle political economy, Germanic and dirigiste at the centre, Latin and rebellious at the fringe.

    The hesitant saviour: how Germany bestrides Europe once again

  • In 2007, France elected a president in Nicolas Sarkozy who promised "rupture" with dirigiste stagnation.

    A Silver Lining in Europe

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