Governance and Political Entrepreneurship in Europe
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Governance and Political Entrepreneurship in Europe

Promoting Growth and Welfare in Times of Crisis

Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Charlotte Silander and Daniel Silander

The economic crisis has had severe and negative impacts on the EU over the last decade. This book focuses on a neglected dimension by examining European political entrepreneurship in times of economic crisis with particular emphasis on EU member-states, institutions and policies. The main focus is on the role that the political entrepreneur can play in promoting entrepreneurship and growth. It is argued that the political entrepreneur and political entrepreneurship can positively influence the conditions for entrepreneurial activity and business.
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Chapter 5: Entrepreneurship policy in the Council of the EU: reaching consensus among member states?

Brigitte Pircher


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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