Exploring the disconnect in policy implementation: a case of enterprise policy in England

Arshed, N., Mason, C. and Carter, S. (2016) Exploring the disconnect in policy implementation: a case of enterprise policy in England. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 34(8), pp. 1582-1611. (doi: 10.1177/0263774X16628181)

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Previous studies have acknowledged the ineffectiveness of enterprise policy. However, the reasons for its ineffectiveness remain a matter for debate. This study examines the extent to which the ineffectiveness of enterprise policy can be attributed to the way it has been implemented. Interviews with central government policy-makers, Regional Development Agency staff and business development managers in local enterprise agencies during the Labour administration (2007–2010) revealed that the implementation process of enterprise policy initiatives is complex and confusing, with fragmented relationships between the actors involved. The abundance of enterprise policy initiatives being delivered at the time, the absence of clearly defined objectives, the limited emphasis on the delivery of business support and the lack of measurement and evaluation combined to create an unnecessarily complicated process of enterprise policy implementation which, in turn, reduced its effectiveness.

Item Type:Articles (Letter)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Carter, Professor Sara and Mason, Professor Colin
Authors: Arshed, N., Mason, C., and Carter, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
College of Social Sciences
Journal Name:Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1472-3425
Published Online:27 January 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 34(8): 1582-1611
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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