Street-level bureaucrats and policy entrepreneurship: When implementers challenge policy design

Nissim Cohen, Neomi F. Aviram

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Linking street-level bureaucracy with policy entrepreneurship is a new, ongoing trend in the literature. We claim that in various cases one must consider street-level policy entrepreneurship in order to fully understand policy processes. Therefore, we call on public policy and administration scholars to devote more resources to this important link. The symposium will promote our understanding of this still underresearched area. We will explore both theoretically and empirically how bureaucrats who interact with the public on a daily basis not only implement policy but also influence how it is designed. We will also assess the contribution of the symposium papers in light of the existing scholarly debate. We will conclude by reflecting on the challenges of studying street-level policy entrepreneurship and suggest future avenues for research in this field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-438
Number of pages12
JournalPublic Administration
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the participants of the international workshop entitled ?Street Level Bureaucrats' Policy Entrepreneurship: from Training to Action? which was held on May 2019, at the University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel, for their willingness to join us in the path toward establishing this new research area. We are also grateful for the support of the Israel Science Foundation (431\17) both in conducting this workshop and promoting our research project on street-level policy entrepreneurship.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration


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