Policy entrepreneurs engage in collaborative action to promote broad societal changes. They distinguish themselves from other political actors through their willingness to promote policy innovations that are new within specific contexts. Policy Entrepreneurship: An Asian Perspective showcases an exciting collection of new research studies. Previous studies of policy entrepreneurship within specific contexts across this vast region have confirmed the explanatory power of the concept, even though the political systems under investigation are distinct from the political system in the United States, where the notion of policy entrepreneurship was coined. This book is the first ever comprehensive compilation of research on policy entrepreneurship in Asia, and focused on policy change in China, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. All the studies gathered here assess the agency of policy entrepreneurs within broader structures that present them with both opportunities and constraints. In their different ways, each chapter explores how structural changes, specific strategies used by policy entrepreneurs, and the practice of boundary spanning shape policy agendas. The scholarship on display offers an inspiring treasure trove of ideas, insights, concepts, and research strategies. This book will prompt newer scholarship on policy entrepreneurs and the crucial role they play in contemporary politics, in Asia and globally.
The chapters in this book were originally published in the Journal of Asian Public Policy.
Table of Contents
1. Researching Policy Entrepreneurship in Asia
Michael Mintrom, Dayashankar Maurya and Alex Jingwei He
2. Structural Changes and Opportunities for Policy Entrepreneurship
Dayashankar Maurya and Michael Mintrom
3. Policy Experimentation and Opportunities for Policy Entrepreneurship
Jessica C. Teets and Reza Hasmath
4. Cultural Norms and Policy Entrepreneurship
5. Global Trends and Policy Entrepreneurship
6. Creating Opportunities Through Collective Policy Entrepreneurship
Na Tang, Li Cheng and Changkun Cai
7. Creating Opportunities Through Knowledge of Implementation
Hongmei Lu, Audrey L. Mayer, Adam M. Wellstead and Shan Zhou
8. Creating Opportunities Through Cross-Sectoral Collaboration
9. Creating Opportunities Through Deploying Academic Knowledge
Michael Mintrom is Professor of Public Policy and Director, Better Governance and Policy at Monash University. He has written extensively on policy entrepreneurship, public policy, and policy analysis. His books include Policy Entrepreneurs and Dynamic Change (Cambridge University Press) and Public Policy: Investing for a Better World and Contemporary Policy Analysis (both Oxford University Press).
Dayashankar Maurya is Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of International Relations, International University of Japan. His research is concerned with governance, policy implementation, inter-organizational governance, health, and social policy. He has published papers in journals such as Public Management Review, Australian Journal of Public Administration and Social Policy & Administration.
Alex Jingwei He is Associate Head and Associate Professor of the Department of Asian and Policy Studies of the Education University of Hong Kong. He specializes in public policy, social welfare, and health policy reforms, and has published extensively in leading international journals including Public Administration Review, Social Science and Medicine, Health Policy, The China Quarterly, and Social Policy & Administration.