Policy Entrepreneurs and Foreign Policy Decision Making

Michael Mintrom, Joannah Luetjens

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In recent years, significant effort has been applied to understanding and empirically test­ing the concept of policy entrepreneurship in a range of different settings. Despite these efforts, studies to date have tended to focus on policy entrepreneurs in domestic policy settings. Few have articulated the potential role that policy entrepreneurs play in under­standing foreign policy decision-making. Coupled with theories and evidence from the field of foreign policy analysis, the concept of policy entrepreneurship lends itself to ana­lyzing how actors in the foreign policy space draw attention to problems, advance work­able proposals, and link outcomes to symbolic values. This article introduces and applies a framework for the analysis of policy entrepreneurs seeking to influence foreign policy decision-making. This framework is then used to underpin illustrative case studies of for­eign policy entrepreneurs. The variety of recent scholarly contributions regarding policy entrepreneurs and foreign policy suggests that many more opportunities exist for such work to be conducted in the future. This is an exciting prospect. Valuable, generalizable insights are more likely to emerge from such a collective research enterprise if the vari­ous individual contributions are informed by greater conceptual coherence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Foreign Policy Analysis
EditorsSebastian Harnish, Juliet Kaarbo, Kai Oppermann
Place of PublicationOxford UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780190228637
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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