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How policy positions women entrepreneurs: A comparative analysis of state discourse in Sweden and the United States

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>03/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Business Venturing
Issue number2
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)273-291
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date2/09/14
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This research compares the positioning of women entrepreneurs through entrepreneurship policy over two decades (1989–2012) in Sweden and the United States. Given Sweden’s uniquely family-friendly welfare state, we could expect different results, yet in both countries we find a legacy of discourse subordinating women’s entrepreneurship to other goals (i.e., economic growth) and a positioning of women as ‘other’, reinforcing a dialogue of women’s inadequacy or extraordinariness without taking full account of the conditions shaping women’s work experience. From this analysis we derive a conceptual schematic of assumptions presented through the discourse, aligning and distinguishing the U.S. and Swedish approaches