publication . Article . 2006

The impact of public policy on entrepreneurship : a critical investigation of the protestant ethic on a divided island jurisdiction

Baldacchino, Godfrey; Dana, Leo Paul;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2006 Journal: Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, volume 19, pages 419-430 (issn: 0827-6331, eissn: 2169-2610, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: Malta
Abstract
The island of St. Martin is the world’s smallest shared jurisdiction. For around 350 years, 37 square miles (92km2) have been divided into two legal entities, Dutch Sint Maarten and French Saint Martin, each with its separate sub-national government and its respective business policies. This situation carries the hallmarks of an almost controlled experiment on the impact of ‘The Protestant Ethic’, with each nation’s respective policy being the treatment variable under study. Keeping other variables constant, government policy is the key variable analysed in the framework of two examined theoretical models.
Subjects
free text keywords: Protestant work ethic -- Saint Martin (West Indies), Entrepreneurship -- Government policy -- Saint Martin (West Indies), Small business -- Government policy --Saint Martin (West Indies), Industrial policy Saint Martin (West Indies), Sociology, Jurisdiction, Politics, Business sector, Protestant work ethic, Sovereign state, Legislation, Entrepreneurship, Economy, Sint Maarten, Economic history
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