Business Support Centres in the transition economies - progress with the wrong model?
western donor agencies, who were convinced that support services within local government were ineffective, and instead funded private-sector BSCs. This article argues that an essentially neo-liberal ideology
underpinned the BSCs' design, before going on to point out some of the main drawbacks and opportunity costs which followed from this approach. Now that funding is being withdrawn, the BSCs are not being
adopted by local government, and they are obliged to fund themselves with consultancies from large businesses. It is argued that the 'tiger economies' provide examples of successful state involvement in
SME development, a model which was ignored, but would have been more appropriate in Central and Eastern Europe.
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