Big Business Bias? European Policy at the Expense of Small and Alternative Ventures

Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)


This chapter contributes a critical perspective on EU policy and the challenges it imposes on SMEs in general and alternative businesses in particular. The recent financial and Euro crises have undermined public trust in the business world and the political system. Reorientation and/or innovation towards more viable business practice could come from—and inspires—many SMEs, particularly alternative ventures. However, lobbyists of the large corporation scenery exercise substantial influence undermining meaningful policy shifts at EU level. We illustrate resulting dilemmas in the areas of banking and agriculture.


Big business Alternative ventures SMEs Corporate lobbyism Agriculture Banking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stralsund University of Applied SciencesStralsundGermany
  2. 2.Cologne Business SchoolKölnGermany

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