Promoting Growth and Welfare in Times of Crisis
Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Charlotte Silander and Daniel Silander
Chapter 5: Entrepreneurship policy in the Council of the EU: reaching consensus among member states?
Chapter 5 focuses on the Council of Europe´s debates on the entrepreneurial action plans: the Small Business Act for Europe and the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan. The chapter shows how the Council has acted as a political entrepreneur by adopting policies and policy measures that are favourable to entrepreneurs. As institutions determine the set of rules, they therefore have an important impact on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial possibilities and can therefore be regarded as key to the foundation of entrepreneurship and self-employment. In responding to the 2008 crisis, the EU has tried to support innovative policies and measures for economic growth. The assumption that entrepreneurship is the basis for a growing economy has led the EU and national governments to promote entrepreneurship. The analysis shows that the Council has acted as a political entrepreneur by using the crises as a window of opportunity through which to place entrepreneurship on the political agenda.
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