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Governors as Economic Problem Solvers

  • Charles D. Taylor

    (Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA)

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    Despite the important role governors have played in shaping states’ economic development strategies, existing quantitative studies of state economic development policymaking have paid only scant attention to the factors that influence governors’ decisions about economic development policy. This study investigates these factors using a unique data set of gubernatorial economic development proposals generated by content analyzing hundreds of major legislative addresses delivered by governors during the 12-year period from 1995 to 2006. The findings reveal that gubernatorial economic development policymaking is only partially an attempt to solve a state’s economic problems. Economic policy making by governors appears to be driven largely by a desire to compete for new business investment during periods of economic expansion.

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    Volume (Year): 26 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 3 (August)
    Pages: 267-276

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:ecdequ:v:26:y:2012:i:3:p:267-276
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