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The Politics of “Entrepreneurial” State Economic Development Policy

Show simple item record Hart, David M. 2007-06-20T14:48:54Z 2007-06-20T14:48:54Z 2007-06-20T14:48:54Z
dc.description.abstract “Entrepreneurial” state economic development strategies, which focus on nurturing home-grown high-technology and other high-growth businesses, lack immediate payoffs for politically powerful constituencies, a condition that would seem likely to limit their political appeal compared to the alternative “locational” strategy of attracting large investments from elsewhere. Nonetheless, many states have added programs with entrepreneurial attributes to their economic development portfolios in recent years. This paper explores how the political obstacles to such programs have been overcome, using a set of sixteen brief case studies. In a few cases, an institutional innovation in the policy-making process drew in new participants who provided ideas for and support to programs with entrepreneurial elements. More commonly, the preferences of the executive branch officials, especially governors, appear to have been critical to the enactment and implementation of such programs. The finding suggests that ED policy-making may be more technocratic than is commonly believed, and that the educational efforts of policy experts, who generally favor entrepreneurial ED strategies over locational ED strategies, have been fruitful and should be sustained.
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.relation.ispartofseries GMU School of Public Policy Faculty Working Papers en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 1 en
dc.subject economic development en_US
dc.subject state government en_US
dc.subject entrepreneurship en_US
dc.subject public policy en_US
dc.subject small business en_US
dc.subject business recruitment en_US
dc.subject David Hart en_US
dc.subject David M. Hart en_US
dc.subject SPP en_US
dc.subject School of Public Policy en_US
dc.subject George Mason University en_US
dc.title The Politics of “Entrepreneurial” State Economic Development Policy en
dc.type Working Paper en

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