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 10: Entrepreneurship in times of crisis: a resilience perspective on the Greek wine sector

Evangelia Petridou, Maria Alebaki and Marie-Louise von Bergmann-Winberg

Abstract

This chapter provides a case study on crises and the management of crises by conceptualising and exploring the interconnections between resilience and entrepreneurship. The main focus in this chapter is how politically entrepreneurial strategies might promote resilience in times of crisis. The case study explores the emerging wine sector in Greece as an example of a sector that is resilient despite major economic challenges. Faced by economic challenges due to decreased wine consumption in Greece, many Greek wine producers decided to focus on wine exports and wine tourism. In addition, the crises also triggered collaboration amongst the wine producers through associations and networks to counterbalance EU and national policies that have negatively affected the conditions for wine production. These networks consisted of public and private actors that pooled financial, social and political resources and were able to use European regional development projects for regional development.

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