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The European Commission: Diminishing Returns to Entrepreneurship

Mitchell P. Smith

in The State of the European Union

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297574
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598982 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198297572.003.0011
The European Commission: Diminishing Returns to Entrepreneurship

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This chapter examines how three consequences of entrepreneurship induced diminishing returns for the European Commission. These are increased workload, shift to activities of comparative disadvantage, and intensifying demands of interest associations. It is shown that while individual instances of policy entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial activities of individual Directorates-General may promote discrete policy objectives, the aggregate consequences of many individual acts of entrepreneurship may cause problems for the Commission.

Keywords: European Commission; entrepreneurship; diminishing returns; European Union

Chapter.  8952 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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