Small Business and Public Policy
To Be Published May 1st 2014 by Routledge – 240 pages
Public Policy interventions aimed at encouraging, supporting and developing small businesses are an important factor in understanding entrepreneurship and small business management. This text is the first to provide teachers and students with a resource that gives an overview of how institutional and policy structures interact with small firm start-ups, continuation and succession/failures.
Beginning with a brief introduction to policy processes, the text also covers the scope for different intervention at different scales: macroeconomic (international, national) and regional/local. The author then applies four lenses to provide different contexts to understand the theory and practice of public policy for small business management:
Written by a pre-eminent scholar of public policy and entrepreneurship, this textbook provides a concise but thorough introduction to the subject for Masters students internationally.
1. Why does Policy Matter to Small Businesses? 2. The Pros and Cons of Policy for Small Businesses 3. The Macroeconomic Dimensions 4. Regional and Local Dimensions 5. Britain: The Evolution of SMEs and Policy in the ‘Earliest Industrial Nation’ 6. Small Business and Policy in the USA 7. The European Union 8. New Industrial Nations and Emerging Markets 9. New Forces, New Opportunities, Old Dangers
Robert J. Bennett is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of Cambridge, UK