The International Conference on Public Policy takes place in Milan, Italy, July 1–4. One of the sessions – Entrepreneurship in the polis: political entrepreneurs, policy making, and diverse contexts – is lead by one of RCR:s researchers.
Gertrud Alirani, Mid Sweden University (RCR)
Inga Aflaki, Karlstad University
In the past two decades, there has been an explosion in interest in political/policy entrepreneurship (PE) which has resulted in substantial advances in literature. Originally a structural component of Kingdon’s (1984) Multiple Streams, the entrepreneurial actor is now considered an element in all policy process theories (Mintrom and Norman, 2009). Political/policy entrepreneurs are special actors, embedded in the socio-political fabric, who are alert to the emergence of entrepreneurial opportunities and act upon them; they seek to affect change and they are team players (Mintrom, 2015; Petridou, Narboutaité-Aflaki and Miles, 2015). At the same time, policy entrepreneurship has been evolving as an actor-based perspective in its own right, aimed at examining the agency of individuals at the micro level with a view to understanding dynamics of policy change at the meso and macro levels. For the PE perspective to further evolve, contextual components that foster or hinder entrepreneurship in the polis have to be examined closer. What is more, if PE is a team sport (Mintrom, 2014), how do policy entrepreneurs interact with their teams and what strategies do they employ in order to affect change? We seek papers that develop contextual factors influencing the emergence of PE as well as papers that open interdisciplinary dialogues with, for example, foreign policy, resilience, crisis management and international relations. We welcome examining PE from a critical perspective, addressing issues of democracy and accountability and the cui bono question as well as comparative studies.
Kingdon, John W. 1984/2003. Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies. Boston: Little and Brown.
Mintrom, Michael, 2000. Policy Entrepreneurs and School Choice. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
Mintrom, Michael and Philippa Norman 2009. “Policy entrepreneurship and policy change.” Policy Studies Journal, 37: 649–67.
Mintrom, Michael, Chris Salisbury, and Joannah Luetjens. 2014. "Policy Entrepreneurs and Promotion of Australian State Knowledge Economies." Australian Journal of Political Science 49: 423-38.
Mintrom, Michael. In press, January 2015. “Policy Entrepreneurs and Morality Politics: Learning from Failure and Success” In Entrepreneurship in the Polis: Understanding Political Entrepreneurship, eds. Inga Narbutaité-Aflaki, Evangelia Petridou, and Lee Miles. Burlington, VT: Ashgate.
Petridou, Evangelia. 2014. “Theories of the Policy Process: Contemporary Scholarship and Future Directions.” Policy Studies Journal 41 (S1): 12-32
Petridou, Evangelia, Inga Narbutaité-Aflaki, and Lee Miles. In press, January, 2015. “Unpacking the Theoretical Boxes of Political Entrepreneurship.” In Entrepreneurship in the Polis: Understanding Political Entrepreneurship, eds. Inga Narbutaité-Aflaki, Evangelia Petridou, and Lee Miles. Burlington, VT: Ashgate.