Research Handbook on Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies
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Research Handbook on Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

A Contextualized Approach

Edited by Paresha Sinha, Jenny Gibb, Michèle Akoorie and Jonathan M. Scott

This Research Handbook offers contextualized perspectives on entrepreneurship in emerging economies. Emphasizing how national context profoundly shapes incentives for entrepreneurial efforts, chapters dissect the opportunities emerging from various institutions and social practices from the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America. This Handbook is an ideal guide for researchers working on emerging economies, particularly those with an interest in global entrepreneurship.
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Chapter 3: A contextualized study of entrepreneurship in the Arab states prior to the Arab Spring: reviewing the impact of entrepreneurship on political stability

Amir Forouharfar


This chapter examines the contextualized official data from various international supervisory organizations, the United Nations (UN) subsidiaries, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), before the revolutions in the Arab states in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to shed light on the relationship between political stability and entrepreneurship. Such an approach calls for a careful desk-based study and the collection of secondary data on entrepreneurship among the Arab states that were involved in the turmoil of the Arab Spring. The originality of the chapter lies in its contextualized study of the status of entrepreneurship and political stability in MENA, i.e. the research question is “how much could the Arab Spring uprising be attributed to the status of entrepreneurship in MENA?”. However, the potential implications of the chapter would be more insightful policies by policymakers towards the constructive or destructive power of entrepreneurship in a state – a power which could bring affluence and prosperity in its sound condition or, conversely, turmoil and chaos.

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