Government Discourses on Entrepreneurship: Issues of Legitimisation, Subjugation and Power

Perren, Lew and Jennings, Peter L. (2002) Government Discourses on Entrepreneurship: Issues of Legitimisation, Subjugation and Power. In, 25th ISBA National Small Firms Policy and Research Conference, Brighton, UK, 13 - 15 Nov 2002. Brighton, UK, University of Brighton, Brighton Business School.


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The belief in market-driven ideology and the assumption that new business ventures create jobs and foster innovation has embedded entrepreneurship into political discourse. Academics
have analyzed government policies on entrepreneurship, but they have tended to share the same underlying beliefs in the function of entrepreneurs within the economic machine.

This article explores selected dimensions of the impact of those beliefs by usingcritical discourse analysis to show how government websites around the world portray entrepreneurs and their role in society. Discourses of government power and selflegitimization are revealed that manifest themselves in a colonizing discourse of entrepreneurial subjugation. The article concludes by challenging government rhetoric on entrepreneurship and questioning the motives underpinning the agenda of government involvement in supporting entrepreneurs.

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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 36804
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Date Deposited: 26 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:05

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