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    Rights statement: © Hammond, D. (2013). Policy Entrepreneurship in China’s Response to Urban Poverty. Policy Studies Journal, 41(1), 119-146doi: 10.1111/psj.12005

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-146
JournalPolicy Studies Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2013


Recent studies of policy and policy actors in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have made use of the policy entrepreneur concept which has been popular in studies of policy in North America and Europe. These approaches have understood the concept in its traditional form dealing with agenda setting and non-state actors. The policy entrepreneur has developed beyond these confines and now offers a broader descriptive framework within which to understand the successes and failures of particular initiatives.
This paper uses these new developments, specifically the framework outlined by Mintrom and Norman (2009), to describe the success of policy entrepreneurship in the development of the urban resident Minimum Livelihood Guarantee (MLG). This case was selected because existing scholarship has ignored the entrepreneurial role of bureaucrats in its development. The use of this framework without adaptation to describe policy actors in China demonstrates the further application of policy entrepreneurs outside of Western democracies.

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