We Are All Entrepreneurs Now
58 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2007 Last revised: 3 Apr 2008
A funny thing happened to the entrepreneur in legal, business, and social science scholarship. She strayed from her capitalist roots, took on more and more functions that have little to do with starting or running a business, and became wildly popular in the process. Nowadays, "social entrepreneurs" tackle civic problems through innovative methods, "policy entrepreneurs" promote new forms of government action, "norm entrepreneurs" seek to change the way society thinks or behaves, and "moral entrepreneurs" try to alter the boundaries of duty or compassion. "Ethnification entrepreneurs," "polarization entrepreneurs," and other newfangled spinoffs pursue more discrete objectives. Entrepreneurial rhetoric has never been so trendy or so plastic. This Article documents the proliferation of entrepreneurs in the American academic idiom, and it offers some reflections on the causes and consequences of this trend.
Keywords: entrepreneurship, social entrepreneur, moral entrepreneur, norm entrepreneur, policy entrepreneur, entrepreneurial rhetoric, entrepreneur meme, capitalism, Cantillon, Say, Schumpeter, Marx, Weber, Knight, Baumol, Kirzner, Ashoka
JEL Classification: A12, A20, B10, B20, K00, M13, Z10
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