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Policy Entrepreneurship

A Guide to Shaping and Understanding Policy

By Lynn C. Ross
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Examining the impact of policy entrepreneurs at all stages of policymaking

Public policymaking in the United States is a dynamic, complex, and even circuitous process. That’s where policy entrepreneurs come in. These critical catalysts and shapers of change are the engines that drive the whole policy process. Lynn C. Ross, Director of the Master of Policy Management Program (MPM) at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy and an executive branch veteran, lays out what it takes to be a policy entrepreneur.

Building from John W. Kingdon’s classic streams model (Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies), Ross uses prominent case studies to assess the impact of policy entrepreneurs on policy change and shares their strategies. Learn how to:

  • Gather resources for a cause.
  • Recognize choice opportunities to connect policy solutions to policy problems.
  • Spot an auspicious moment—a window of opportunity—and strike while the iron is hot.

Anyone who hopes to have any impact on policymaking will benefit from learning how to think and act like a policy entrepreneur.

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