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 13: State of the union for a prosperous Europe

Daniel Silander and Charlotte Silander

Abstract

This chapter addresses the notions of European integration in terms of crises and challenges. If the 1990s and early 2000s were dominated by scholarly work on why more integration had developed, the last decade or so has consisted of an increasing number of studies on European recession, stagnation and disintegration. On 1 March 2017, the European Commission published its White Paper on the Future of Europe. This paper addressed European changes and challenges and set the agenda for the state leaders of the EU to meet and celebrate 60 years of unity since the Treaty of Rome in Italy. The European Commission stated how European challenges had historically been overcome based on shared norms and values, but also how the anniversary called upon Europe to handle new challenges. The Commission argued that Europe had historically faced many crossroads. On 13 September 2017, the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, presented the annual State of the Union 2017, addressing the future objectives for Europe.

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