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 8: The social efficiency of entrepreneurship education

Charlotte Silander and Caroline Berggren


In this chapter, EU policy towards entrepreneurship education is analysed from an ideological perspective. The authors discuss how EU policies have influenced the direction of higher education. Increasing expectations on higher education graduates to contribute to welfare and economic growth through self-employment have pushed the development of entrepreneurship education at European universities. They show how the EU is striving to introduce entrepreneurship education into the education system through policies to improve entrepreneurial performance, both vertically and horizontally. The authors also show how the social efficiency perspective dominates, under which the overall purpose of higher education is to efficiently and scientifically contribute to economic growth and fight unemployment. This represents an instrumentalist view on education that focuses on the individual entrepreneur as a hero figure and in which entrepreneurship education is often expected to present role models to students and teach them the proper behaviour to become successful.

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