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

Government Discourses on Entrepreneurship: Issues of Subjugation, Legitimisation and Power
Government Discourses on Entrepreneurship: Issues of Subjugation, Legitimisation and Power
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 using critical discourse analysis to show how government websites around the world portray entrepreneurs and their role in society. Discourses of government power and self-legitimization 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.
1042-2587
173-184
Jennings, Peter L.
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Perren, Lew
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Jennings, Peter L.
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Perren, Lew
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Jennings, Peter L. and Perren, Lew (2005) Government Discourses on Entrepreneurship: Issues of Subjugation, Legitimisation and Power. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 29 (2), 173-184. (doi:10.1111/j.1540-6520.2005.00075.x).

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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 using critical discourse analysis to show how government websites around the world portray entrepreneurs and their role in society. Discourses of government power and self-legitimization 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: 2005

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Local EPrints ID: 36816
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/36816
ISSN: 1042-2587
PURE UUID: 89aa993c-268e-4d8b-9d88-f8e5f8867b27

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Date deposited: 23 May 2006
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 19:04

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Author: Peter L. Jennings
Author: Lew Perren

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