The Entrepreneurs in relation to the State: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Regardless of the economic situation and without taking into consideration what side of the political spectrum we express adherence to – if we can discuss about an authentical political spectrum in Romania – the increase in the level of investment and the encouragement of entrepreneurs is one of the mantras we permanently hear. The guidelines on the possibilities of stimulating this area of activity are generously set by the European Union. Although neither public oppinion nor political decision-makers have a clear definition of what entrepreneurs are or do, on the one hand it is certain that we like the term “entrepreneurship” and we want its development, whatever that means. On the other hand, the fight against corporations and the anti-capitalistic mentality are, at a political and social level, more in vogue than ever. Any careful observer would be, with good reason, baffled by so many contradictory elements.

But if we know what generally happends with things that are taken under state’s wing, the fact that entrepreneurship remains completely misunderstood and oppressed by government intervention shouldn’t come as a surprise. I will not make a detailed analysis regarding the effects of subsidies and other privileges, or concerning regulations and governmental intervention. The more modest purpose of this paper is to provide an outline of the relationship between entrepreneurship and government’s activity, and an overview of the differences between entrepreneurs perpetuated on the market by state’s intervention.   

 

 

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