Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/130318
Authors: 
Kleinhans, Reinout
van Ham, Maarten
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9625
Abstract: 
In many European countries, community entrepreneurship is increasingly considered as a means to initiate small-scale urban regeneration. However, residents in deprived communities are often viewed to lack key entrepreneurial attributes and skills. This paper reports a unique experiment in the Netherlands with nascent community enterprises which received start-up support from a private foundation. This paper investigates how active citizens perceive the benefits and drawbacks of this support. In depth analysis of transcriptions of repeated semi-structured interviews (panel design with the same respondents) with representatives of established community enterprises and resident groups were analysed. While we find positive feedback on provided support, our research provides strong evidence for a 'support paradox': the support that was intended to overcome a number of entry barriers and difficulties on the road to community entrepreneurship has in fact significantly hampered progress among several of the studied CEs.
Subjects: 
community enterprises
community entrepreneurship
active citizenship
support
urban regeneration
self-organisation
The Netherlands
JEL: 
D71
L26
L31
O35
R23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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