Why Talk About Enterprise?

  • Simon Bridge
  • Ken O’Neill
  • Stan Cromie


There are a number of generally recognised human rights, but the one that probably commands the greatest recognition, if not the greatest observance, is the right to freedom. But can a government ensure freedom for its subjects? Good laws, it has been said, can promote freedom, whereas bad laws can prevent it. Despite its recognition as a right laws cannot therefore, of themselves, ensure freedom; they can only help to set the conditions in which it can exist.


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Notes and References

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    C. Handy, The Future of Work (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1984) pp. 16–17.Google Scholar
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    A. Toffler, The Third Wave (London: William Collins, 1980).Google Scholar
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    C. Handy, The Age of Unreason (London: Arrow, 1990).Google Scholar
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    From J. Walters, ‘Turbulence Ahead for City’s Airline’ and S. Caulkin, ‘Dismembering the Body Corporate’ (both in Observer ©, 15 September 1996).Google Scholar
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    H. Mintzberg, The Structuring of Organisations (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1979) p. 131.Google Scholar
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    D. Clawson, Bureaucracy and the Labour Process: The Transformation of US Industry, 1860–1920 (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1980).Google Scholar
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    Quoted in T. Peters, ‘Travel the Independent Road’ (Independent on Sunday, 2 January 1994).Google Scholar

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© Simon Bridge, Ken O’Neill and Stan Cromie 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Bridge
    • 1
  • Ken O’Neill
    • 1
  • Stan Cromie
    • 1
  1. 1.BelfastUK

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