Developing the Potential for Change: Challenging Power Through Social Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands

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Abstract

Most research on social entrepreneurship overemphasizes agency by presenting social enterprising as something that originates solely from the intrinsic motivations of individual entrepreneurs. Research that does regard the impact of state power is almost exclusively anchored in and geared toward neoliberal policy contexts. This article examines the dialectics between state power and entrepreneurial counterpower in the institutional context of the Netherlands. Moreover, since social entrepreneurs develop different tactics and strategies for responding to challenges, we use Gaventa’s power cube to distinguish forms of power and counterpower, which we then combine with the following inductively derived social entrepreneur typologies: successful hybrids, antagonistic organizers, and autonomous entrepreneurs. This offers insights into the development of theory in relation to the social entrepreneurial potential for change and civic participation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-486
JournalVoluntas
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Keywords

  • Governance
  • Participation
  • Power
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Space

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In: Voluntas, Vol. 30, No. 3, 2019, p. 475-486.

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