Article

Three habits of successful policy entrepreneurs

Citation

Cairney P (2018) Three habits of successful policy entrepreneurs. Policy and Politics, 46 (2), pp. 199-215. https://doi.org/10.1332/030557318X15230056771696

Abstract
Kingdon's multiple streams approach is popular because its metaphor and flexible concepts can be applied empirically in most contexts. However, this feature is also its weakness. Most scholars apply MSA superficially, without describing its metaphor's meaning or connecting concepts to empirical results. This article solves this problem by producing one MSA narrative from a diverse collection of empirical studies. Our hero is the 'policy entrepreneur' who knows that the pursuit of ambitious aims such as 'evidence-based policymaking' requires framing a problem, having a solution ready, and exploiting the motive and opportunity of policymakers to select it.

Keywords
agenda setting; evidence-based policymaking; multiple streams approach; policy cycle; policy entrepreneurs; policymaker psychology

Journal
Policy and Politics: Volume 46, Issue 2

StatusPublished
Publication date30/04/2018
Publication date online16/04/2018
Date accepted by journal14/03/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/27246
PublisherPolicy Press
ISSN0305-5736