Abstract

Entrepreneurship policy has long been seen as a tool to improve conditions for nascent and new start-ups. However, very little research has actually been able to prove a direct positive effect of entrepreneurship policy on entrepreneurial activity. In this paper, I argue that there are two possible reasons for these difficulties, 1) a lack of concern for context, and 2) a lack of consideration for the organization of the political efforts. This study takes a contingency approach to organizing, arguing that policy organization is dependent upon the local contextual conditions. This paper investigates the relationship between the organization of entrepreneurship policy and the context within which the policy is implemented. This is related to entrepreneurs’ assessment of the local political efforts towards entrepreneurship in order to gain a deeper understanding of the mechanisms influencing entrepreneurship policy success.

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