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Entrepreneurship in the public sector: a framework of analysis in European local governments

Zerbinati, S. & Souitaris, V. (2005). Entrepreneurship in the public sector: a framework of analysis in European local governments. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 17(1), pp. 43-64. doi: 10.1080/0898562042000310723


In this paper we explore the potential role of entrepreneurship in public sector organizations. At first, we present a review of the entrepreneurship theme in the political science and public management research streams, comparing these ideas with the mainstream business literature on entrepreneurship. Thereafter, we illustrate empirically how Stevenson's classical framework of entrepreneurship can be applied in a European local government context to explain the recent initiatives to compete for and utilize European Union structural funds. The empirical basis of the study is comprised of ten in-depth case studies of local government organizations, five in the UK and five in Italy. Finally, we propose five distinct types of entrepreneurial agents in the public sector: professional politician; spin-off creator; business entrepreneur in politics; career-driven public officer; and politically ambitious public officer.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Entrepreneurship and Regional Development in January 2005, available online:
Publisher Keywords: public entrepreneurs, local government, European funding, entrepreneurial typology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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