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.
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