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From my POV, it's not so much a trend as much as it is just bad habit.
Governments have always dabbled in and intruded on the market. That doesn't justify continued activity, it's just stating a fact.
However, the scope and scale of these intrusions have grown over the years as economies have grown. The larger the economy, the greater the fear that they can "lose it all". But this fear is unfounded.
Britain used to be the largest economy in the world. While they no longer are #1, you'd have a hard time saying that the loss of the #1 slot has hurt the populace - except insofar as the fear of this loss has increased government interventions which have, in and of themselves, made the people worse off.
We live a better life, to a small degree, here in the US because we don't have as much government intervention. But it is growing and it is starting to hurt us.
A human's natural reaction to one nation making the error, the severe error, that China just made is to say "well, if THEY did it, we should too!"
That would be wrong and dangerous. We have more to gain from free trade and letting the economy work itself out of the rigging these nations employ than by playing tit-for-tat.
Remember Japan from 1985-1990? Rich, no debt, trade surpluses up the wazoo. MITI's technological prowess was touted regularly. They were buying up everything in sight. Fear reigned in the US.
Then 1995 hit and they've had 2 "Lost Decades".
Fast forward to 2005. China is growing rapidly, trade surpluses, no debt, and buying up everything in sight (or supposedly stealing it with subsidizing their manufacturing and trade). We fear them.
Yet here we are in 2015 and China is collapsing. We overreact to that which we fear for no good reason. Let markets do their job and everything will be fine. The US is here not because of the wisdom of our political elite, but because of the collective wisdom of the outcomes of billions of individual interactions known as "the free market". We will continue to be here for a long time and continue to get better if we trust that free market.
It's called dirigisme and it's not just think tanks on the Left pushing it. Under WIOA, federal legislation passed quietly and overwhelmingly in July 2014 each state has to file its economic development plan and workforce development with the federal Ed and Labor Depts by the end of the year. They have to set up statewide Boards and then local boards as well.
Governments working with Big Business, the Chamber, community organizing groups, community colleges. We also have WIOA incorporating and the National Governors Association pushing sector strategies of major employers to work with governments on workforce development and Career Pathways. We have the required Metropolitan Transit regional entities being urged to now get into economic development as well.
Many of the 'conservative' state and national think tanks also seem to be pushing this model as Public-Private Partnerships. It is absolutely everywhere now as THE model for what governments are to be doing. Setting up broadband a la Chattanooga and making it a municipal authority. Supposedly Singapore is the model of the kind of Statist cooperation desired.
There's even a euphemism for this model--the Triple Helix. Just a few of what I have come across in my work or meetings I have attended.
It never works, and they never stop trying it in some new guise or another. It polls very well, so there's no real mystery about it if you accept that they're more interested in winning elections than in promoting a healthy economy. And of course many of them believe it as fervently as the gullible voters do. Why not? It's not as though our political class were smarter or better educated than the voters.