SAGE Journal Articles

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Article 1: Reimer, I. & Saerbeck, B. (2017). Policy Entrepreneurs in National Climate Change Policy Processes. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 35(8), 1456-1470.

Abstract: The multi-level and multi-actor character of the international climate governance regime, as well as the imminent need for action to combat climate change, stimulates the introduction of new and innovative cross-sectoral policy proposals by policy entrepreneurs. To date, academic literature has extensively studied and discussed the importance of policy entrepreneurs for agenda-setting. The role of policy entrepreneurs in providing continuous support for a new climate policy resulting in its implementation, has on the other hand, so far received only little attention. Taking the Norwegian Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation commitment as an exemplary case, this paper explores the potential of entrepreneurial engagement throughout a country’s climate policy-making process. It aims to demonstrate the importance of policy entrepreneurs beyond agenda-setting, namely for the policy formulation phase in which responsibilities for the implementation are designated to governmental bodies. We refer to this step as institutional anchoring. Following an explorative approach, this paper shows that different types of actors – non-governmental organisations and governmental actors – act as policy entrepreneurs. It demonstrates the roles and importance of policy entrepreneurs for not only gaining, but also maintaining attention on a new policy by means of coalition building and framing.

Article 2: Halpern, D. & Mason, D. (2015). Radical Incrementalism. Evaluation, 21(2), 143-149.

Abstract: A strategy of ‘radical incrementalism’ is herein advocated as a useful approach to policy making which makes proper use of evaluation. It is argued that small, incremental changes, supported by small-scale and tightly focused evaluations, are under-utilised as an approach to cost effective policy improvement.