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Crypto-friendliness: understanding blockchain public policy

Mikayla Novak (School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia)

Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

ISSN: 2045-2101

Article publication date: 3 September 2019

Issue publication date: 19 June 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to conceptualise the chief aspects of policy interest in blockchain technology.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper outlines policymaking processes in the context of innovation and technological change, assesses generic variations in policy treatment towards blockchain, and identifies manifestations of policy entrepreneurship using national case studies of blockchain policies.

Findings

Favourable policy dispositions towards blockchain technology are interpreted as political efforts to develop local, blockchain-enabled economies. So-called “crypto-friendly” jurisdictions proactively clarify regulatory and tax treatments of cryptocurrency and other blockchain applications, and trial blockchain uses in fields predominated by public sector activity. Policymakers in countries hostile towards blockchain-related activity have instigated bans or strict limitations with respect to blockchain engagement by developers and users.

Research limitations/implications

Reliance upon case studies suggests the need for alternative study approaches (e.g. index construction, empirical research) as blockchain use consolidates throughout the global economy.

Practical implications

This paper provides insight to policymakers and blockchain practitioners regarding the attributes of accommodative policies towards distributed ledger technology.

Social implications

Countries and sub-national regions exhibiting a more welcoming policy stance are more likely to attract entrepreneurs and investors in the crypto-economic blockchain space.

Originality/value

This paper develops a policy “crypto-friendliness” construct to assess the extent to which policymakers enact accommodative policies for blockchain development.

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Citation

Novak, M. (2020), "Crypto-friendliness: understanding blockchain public policy", Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 165-184. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEPP-03-2019-0014

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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