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The State of the European UnionRisks, Reform, Resistance, and Revival$
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Maria Green Cowles and Michael Smith

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198297572.001.0001

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The European Commission: Diminishing Returns to Entrepreneurship

The European Commission: Diminishing Returns to Entrepreneurship

(p.207) 11 The European Commission: Diminishing Returns to Entrepreneurship
The State of the European Union

Mitchell P. Smith (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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

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