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How policy positions women entrepreneurs: A comparative analysis of state discourse in Sweden and the United States
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Lifelong learning/Encell.
Simmons College, Boston USA.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Business Venturing, ISSN 0883-9026, E-ISSN 1873-2003, Vol. 30, no 2, 273-291 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This research compares the positioning of women entrepreneurs through entrepreneurship policy over two decades (1989–2012) in Sweden and the United States. Given Sweden’s uniquely family-friendly welfare state, we could expect different results, yet in both countries we find a legacy of discourse subordinating women’s entrepreneurship to other goals (i.e., economic growth) and a positioning of women as ‘other’, reinforcing a dialogue of women’s inadequacy or extraordinariness without taking full account of the conditions shaping women’s work experience. From this analysis we derive a conceptual schematic of assumptions presented through the discourse, aligning and distinguishing the U.S. and Swedish approaches

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2015. Vol. 30, no 2, 273-291 p.
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Women (female) entrepreneurs; Gender; Entrepreneurship policy; Sweden/United States; Discourse analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-24841DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2014.08.002ISI: 000350923500005Local ID: HLKLivslångtISOAI: diva2:753357
Available from: 2014-10-07 Created: 2014-10-07 Last updated: 2016-02-29Bibliographically approved

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