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Government policy and small and medium-sized enterprises: Introduction to the virtual special issue

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Oliver Mallett


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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are politically popular (just try finding a politician who will say anything against these businesses) but, while parties of different colours have involved themselves in attempts to support SME start-up and growth and to encourage entrepreneurship, the success of such interventions has often disappointed. The gains that may be achieved through government policies and the reasons these gains have not always materialised have been keenly debated. The International Small Business Journal (ISBJ) has played an important role in publishing theory and empirical research that contributes to these debates since the journal’s inception (Adams, 1982) and this Virtual Special Issue of ISBJ highlights six key papers demonstrating the breadth and insight of this work. This introduction will outline these papers together with some of the broader debates that have played out within the journal, demonstrating why this area is important and contested and why these articles merit (re)reading by academics, students and policy-makers.

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Author(s): Mallett O, Wapshott R

Publication type: Online Publication

Publication status: Published

Series Title: International Small Business Journal

Year: 2015

Acceptance date: 13/07/2015

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.