Policy Entrepreneurs and the Design of Public Policy: The Case of the National Health Insurance Law in Israel

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NISSIM COHEN (2012)
  • Publisher: University of Oradea
  • Journal: Journal of Social Research & Policy (issn: 2067-2640, eissn: 2068-9861)
  • Subject: Policy Entrepreneurship | Policy Change | Health Care Policy | Reform. | Social sciences (General) | H1-99

How do policy entrepreneurs implement in practice the things theory suggests they should do? This article suggests various insightsinto the influence of policy entrepreneurs on the formulation of public policy. Using a broad definition of the concept of policyentrepreneur, the article identifies the main characteristics of entrepreneurial activities, describes various strategies that the policyentrepreneur may employ, and develops a model of successful and effective policy entrepreneurship. Using an analysis of the designof the Israel National Health Law of 1994 as a case study, the article emphasizes the importance of policy entrepreneurs in thepublic policy arena and provides several insights into the conditions for their activity, their motivations and main strategies.
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