Neo-liberalism translated into preconditions for women entrepreneurs - two contrasting cases

Tillmar, Malin and Ahl, Helene and Berglund, Karin and Pettersson, Katarina (2021) Neo-liberalism translated into preconditions for women entrepreneurs - two contrasting cases. Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy. ISSN 1750-6204 (In Press)

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Abstract

Purpose Contrasting two countries with different gender regimes and welfare states, Sweden and Tanzania, we analyse how the institutional context affects the ways in which a neo-liberal reform agenda is translated into institutional changes and propose how such changes impact the preconditions for women’s entrepreneurship. Design/methodology/approach We use document analysis and previous studies to describe and analyse the institutions and the institutional changes. We use Scandinavian institutional theory as our interpretative framework. Findings We propose that: 1) In well-developed welfare states with a high level of gender equality, consequences of neo-liberal agenda for the preconditions for women entrepreneurs are more likely to be negative than positive. 2) In less developed states with a low level of gender equality, the gendered consequences of neo-liberal reforms may be mixed and the preconditions for women’s entrepreneurship more positive than negative. 3) How neo-liberalism impacts preconditions for women entrepreneurs depends on the institutional framework in terms of a trustworthy women-friendly state and level of gender equality. Originality We demonstrate why any discussion of the impact of political or economic reforms on women’s entrepreneurship must take a country’s specific institutional context into account. Further, previous studies on neo-liberalism have rarely taken an interest in Africa. Research limitations/implications The study calls for bringing the effects on gender of the neo-liberal primacy of market solutions out of the black box. Studying how women entrepreneurs perceive these effects necessitates qualitative ethnographic data.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy
Uncontrolled Keywords:
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ID Code:
153933
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Deposited On:
19 Apr 2021 08:35
Refereed?:
Yes
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In Press
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04 May 2021 05:22