Transforming public policy: dynamics of policy entrepreneurship and innovation

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Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1996 - Education - 280 pages
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Transforming Public Policy shows how to influence and fundamentally redirect public policy through the strategic use of policy entrepreneurship and innovation. Using the example of a single in-depth study?public school choice in Minnesota?the authors provide specific guidelines for achieving large-scale system change. The case illustrates the entire process of entrepreneur-driven radical change by following the issue of public school choice from its beginning, as an innovative idea, through its four-year legislative process, to its implementation into practice within the Minnesota school system. Includes personal profiles of six change agents who worked toward this large-scale transformation and chronicles their activities, strategies, and tactics, providing an insightful analysis of what it takes to be a successful policy entrepreneur.

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Change Agents in Action
The Legislative History of Reform
The Entrepreneurial Team and Its Network

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About the author (1996)

NANCY C. ROBERTS is codirector of the Institute for Whole Social Science and professor of strategic management at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. She has served as a consultant to many public and private-sector organizations. PAULA J. KING is vice president of education and human resources at Gabberts, Inc. She formerly was associate professor of strategic management at St. Cloud State University.