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 12: Local cases of institutional entrepreneurship: change agents in regions facing demographic change

Birgit Leick and Susanne Gretzinger

Abstract

This chapter addresses the urgent need in an increasing number of European regions to counter demographic challenges to economic growth and development. The authors argue that initiatives from local change agents, as institutional entrepreneurship, are important for supporting local economies and for the survival and development of local firms. The discussion on local institutional entrepreneurship is applied to bottom-up initiatives in Germany, analysing how actors, groups of actors, networks, firms and organisations in the local economies interact and collaborate to improve the local institutionalised practices for handling demographic ageing and population decline. The cases of local institutional entrepreneurship shed light on the roles of and actions taken by change agents that seek windows of opportunity, in times of uncertainty, to promote and diffuse their institutional agenda in alliances and coalitions to become influential.

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