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Chasing InnovationMaking Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India$
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Lilly Irani

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691175140

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691175140.001.0001

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Entrepreneurial Time and the Bounding of Politics

Entrepreneurial Time and the Bounding of Politics

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Chasing Innovation

Lilly Irani

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on the history and political fallout of entrepreneurial urgency. It also considers the concept of “bias to action.” The bias to action was a regime of being-in-time that emerged in responses to shifts in political economy. Champions of the bias to action urge entrepreneurial citizens to proliferate experiments out of their lives, out of their social relationships, and out of their encounters with the poor. These relations become the “living lab” for experiments in adding value in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. At the same time that entrepreneurial citizens reach beyond their salaried jobs and into civil society and development, they worked in entrepreneurial time—amid a manufactured urgency that made democratic processes a threat to self-actualization and a threat to value.

Keywords:   entrepreneurial urgency, bias to action, political economy, entrepreneurial citizens, experiments, social relationships, entrepreneurial time, democratic processes, civil society, development

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