The Ministry of Desire: Anxiety and entrepreneurship in a bureaucracy

Hallur Sigurdarson

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Abstract

Since the early 1980s there has been a call for entrepreneurship and innovation in the public sector. The call became an international discourse with considerable implications for public administration. Accordingly, bureaucracy is a ubiquitous hindrance for entrepreneurial practices and many of the solutions proposed for public sector bureaucracy draw on research and practices in the private sector and are guided by economic rationality. Instead of adopting this common critique and its set of solutions, in this dissertation a different approach is developed to enquire into the capacity of a bureaucratically organised Ministerial Department to entrepreneur. The approach involves an emphasis on local practices, affects and movements in an ethnographically inspired study. The result is also an idea – local and contextual – of the relationship between entrepreneurship and bureaucracy, which is distant from the entrepreneurship/bureaucracy dichotomy.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
PublisherCopenhagen Business School [Phd]
Number of pages259
ISBN (Print)9788793483484
ISBN (Electronic)9788793483491
Publication statusPublished - 2016
SeriesPhD series
Number42.2016
ISSN0906-6934

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Sigurdarson, H. (2016). The Ministry of Desire: Anxiety and entrepreneurship in a bureaucracy. Frederiksberg: Copenhagen Business School [Phd]. PhD series, No. 42.2016