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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 At 25th ISBA National Small Firms Policy and Research Conference. 13 - 15 Nov 2002.

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Abstract

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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Published date: 2002
Venue - Dates: 25th ISBA National Small Firms Policy and Research Conference, 2002-11-13 - 2002-11-15

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Local EPrints ID: 36804
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/36804
PURE UUID: bcaf5759-91bb-4541-b53a-6c88d1339f81

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Date deposited: 26 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:43

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Author: Lew Perren
Author: Peter L. Jennings

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