Evidence-Based Policy as Public Entrepreneurship

Forthcoming, Public Management Review

Posted: 6 Dec 2016 Last revised: 30 Nov 2017

Date Written: November 29, 2017


In the 21st century, evidence-based policy has garnered significant attention in both theory and practice. Scholars have levied various criticisms of evidence-based policy making, suggesting the need for a new analytical framework. I argue that evidence-based policy can be understood as public entrepreneurship: a systemic process in which actors exercise judgment and collaborate regarding policy change. Experts, policy entrepreneurs, and policymakers have functions in this process. Evidence is viewed as a resource that may or may not further entrepreneurial plans, and the institutional environment shapes plan revision. To illustrate, I analyze “Housing First” homelessness policy in the United States.

Keywords: evidence-based policy, public entrepreneurship, homelessness, Housing First

Suggested Citation

Lucas, David, Evidence-Based Policy as Public Entrepreneurship (November 29, 2017). Forthcoming, Public Management Review, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2881061 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2881061

David Lucas (Contact Author)

Syracuse University ( email )

721 University Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244-2130
United States

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