Sandra M. Anglund examines the American national government's small business assistance policy from the passage of the Small Business Act of 1953 onward. She traces the heritage of the policy and shows how American core values, those often referred to as the American Creed, contributed to shaping that policy.
Anglund points out that the American national government is in the business of promoting small business. Government agencies help entrepreneurs develop small businesses through a wide range of programs providing financial assistance such as loans, government contract assistance including set-asides, and management and technical support. Unlike government programs for farmers and big businesses, which are usually invisible to the citizenry, small business aid programs are extremely and intentionally visible.
Congress declared the policy of aiding small business and launched the contemporary era of small business assistance programs in the Small Business Act of 1953. In this study, Anglund traces the heritage of the Small Business Act, probes influences on small business and enactments of the 1953-1997 period, and show how American core values, those often referred to as the American Creed, contributed to shaping small business policy and to the support it received. Scholars, students, and researchers involved with public policy, political culture, business politics and history, and economic development will find this study of particular interest.
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About the Author
SANDRA M. ANGLUND is a former business executive and consultant turned political scientist. She has been a Lecturer at the University of Connecticut and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She has published in scholarly journals and anthologies.
Table of Contents
How Do American Core Values Influence Public Policy?
Problem and Policy Heritage: The Antitrust Tradition, Depression, and War
Problems of Competition, Opportunity, and Equal Opportunity for a Victim: The Small Business Act of 1953
Problems Reprised: Institutionalizing Small Business Aid in the 1950s
Problems Adrift: Expanding Without Innovation in the 1960s and 1970s
Problems of Equalities for Small Disadvantaged Business: A Second Track in the 1960s and 1970s
Problems of Jobs, Exports, Innovation, and Equal Opportunity for a Victim: Surviving and Expanding in the 1980s and 1990s
Core Values, Problem Definitions, and Public Policy