Political Environment vs. Policy Entrepreneur: Conditions Impacting the Success of Local Brownfield Programs in Two Metropolitan Areas of California
Posted: 29 Mar 2010
California is home to approximately 90,000 brownfields. Yet, certain areas of the state contain significantly higher concentrations of brownfield sites than others. Multiple explanations for this variation are possible and some have been explored in previous literature; however, one largely missing is the influence of policy entrepreneurs. Numerous researchers have recognized policy entrepreneurs as vital components of societal change. However, there is significant tension in the literature in terms of understanding the relationship between outcomes, local conditions and entrepreneurial activity. This project investigates the local conditions that encourage the emergence of successful political entrepreneurship and the importance of these conditions in relation to the individual qualities and skills of the entrepreneur.This research utilizes two, in-depth case studies to untangle the relationship among the conditions for entrepreneurial activity, the role of entrepreneurs and the remediation and redevelopment of brownfields. Relying on multiple methods, this project focuses on the influence of policy entrepreneurs on the brownfield programs in the urban areas of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Anticipated results will likely indicate that both conditions and entrepreneurial activity play important roles in active brownfield programs. However, this research aims to untangle the extent of the influence of the local conditions on the entrepreneur and the extent to which the entrepreneur(s), if they exist, influence the emergence of an active brownfield program.
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