[often in italics] government control or intervention, esp. in business activity or the economy
Origin of dirigismeFrench
(countable and uncountable, plural dirigismes)
- Any economy in which the government exerts a strong directive influence, often with substantial, but not all, of the characteristics of a centrally planned economy.
- "These agents, for the same distributional and paternalistic reasons that motivated many of the socialist experiments in economic dirigisme, may seek to use political authority to modify, at least in part, the results of the market system."; James M. Buchanan in The Minimal Politics of Market Order, pp. 222, 1991; Cato Journal 11:2.