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

Norin Arshed, Colin Mason, Sara Carter

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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
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1582-1611
Number of pages30
JournalEnvironment and Planning C: Government and Policy
Issue number8
Early online date27 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • enterprise policy
  • England
  • policy process
  • entrepreneurship

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