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 6: Debating the economic crisis in the European Parliament: enriching the discourse

Brigitte Pircher


Chapter 6 explores how the European Parliament (EP) has addressed the issue of entrepreneurship. In contrast to the European Commission or the Council of the European Union, the EP is a more heterogeneous institution constituted by different political parties, committees, politicians and bureaucrats. By analysing parliamentary debates, the author demonstrates how the EP has used its policy-influencing instruments to act as a political entrepreneur and to define entrepreneurship in a broader sense. The debates on the Small Business Act and The European Private Company (EPC) Statute show that the EP has extended the discussion on entrepreneurship by introducing legal and social aspects which have led to innovative approaches to promoting the common good. In addition, the EP has been able to influence the decision-making process and enhance the open method of coordination.

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