The role of individual agents in promoting peace processes: business people and policy entrepreneurship in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Niva Golan-Nadir, Nissim Cohen

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Abstract

Are individual businesspeople who operate as policy entrepreneurs willing and able to influence peace processes in conflict areas? The literature on businesspeople as policy agents shifts when talking about peace processes, focusing on group level activities and ignoring the effect of individual agents. We argue that rather than regarding businesspeople as a traditional interest group, we should consider the approaches to promoting change that strongly motivated individuals adopt as policy entrepreneurs. Based on interviews with senior Israeli businesspeople and decision-makers, we demonstrate how strongly motivated Israeli businesspeople promote peace as policy entrepreneurs. We identify their motivations, goals, challenges, and the strategies they use. The findings indicate that although motivated by economic profits, businesspeople undertake activities that may prove very beneficial to both themselves and society as a whole.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-38
Number of pages18
JournalPolicy Studies
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Israeli–Palestinian peace process
  • Public policy
  • businesspeople
  • conflict
  • peace initiatives
  • policy entrepreneurship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations

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