ABSTRACT

This account has analyzed the genealogy of the discursive construction of the entrepreneur in Swedish political discourse between 1991 and 2004. The point of departure as presented in Chapter 3 suggested that subject forms consist of heterogeneous bundles of social practices, identities, ethos of the self, and so on, and that these, again, must be considered the outcomes of diff erent discursive systems. A particular knowledge about the functions, utilities, and values of entrepreneur is essential for the neoliberal entrepreneurial government because subject forms establish an interface between the government of the conducts of other and subjects’ government of themselves. Like Hutter and Teubner (1994; cf. Teubner 2006), Stäheli (2007b) and advocates of the so-called “governmentality studies” initially argued, there is no institution that does not actively and selectively observe, establish, and reproduce positive synergies between their own operations and those of individual subjects. Political government is in this regard no exception. The objective of the preceding empirical discourse analysis was to re-construct discursive systems that made it possible to observe particular relations of inter-dependence between government and entrepreneurs.