Wind(ow) of Change: A Systematic Review of Policy Entrepreneurship Characteristics and Strategies

Neomi Frisch Aviram, Nissim Cohen, Itai Beeri

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What lessons can we learn from 40 years of policy entrepreneurship scholarship on policy entrepreneurs’ strategies and defining characteristics? While scholars have offered important insights, many questions remain open. This article systematically reviews 229 articles that were published between 1984 and 2017. Our findings provide (i) an analysis of policy entrepreneurship characteristics by sector, policy domain, individual/group, government layer, and geographical spread, (ii) an empirically based identification and classification of policy entrepreneurship strategies, and (iii) a statistical analysis of the relationship between policy entrepreneurs’ characteristics and strategies. We conclude with an agenda for future studies that will continue to examine new theoretical approaches that advance our understanding of the role that individuals and small groups play in the policy process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)612-644
Number of pages33
JournalPolicy Studies Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • policy entrepreneurship characteristics
  • policy entrepreneurship strategies
  • policy process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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