Governors as Economic Problem Solvers
Despite the important role governors have played in shaping statesâ€™ economic development strategies, existing quantitative studies of state economic development policymaking have paid only scant attention to the factors that influence governorsâ€™ 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 stateâ€™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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