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The role of policy entrepreneurs in the transfer of policy between neighbourhood-level citizen initiatives: The case of Kiezblocks and Changing cities e.V., Berlin

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.advisor Wong, Melvin
dc.contributor.advisor Ratilainen, Perttu
dc.contributor.author Janssen, Arne
dc.date.accessioned 2023-01-29T18:13:07Z
dc.date.available 2023-01-29T18:13:07Z
dc.date.issued 2023-01-23
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/119438
dc.description.abstract With the transition towards more sustainable urban transport systems currently faltering in many European cities, a surge in local citizen initiatives attempting to accelerate this transition has been seen in Berlin. Exchange between these initiatives is crucial for their progress, though often their uncoordinated abundance and lack of an affiliation with a network of initiatives hinders this exchange from taking place. Aiming to aid in overcoming this barrier and widen the scope of past policy transfer studies from a top-down perspective to include a bottom-up perspective, this study applies the policy transfer framework as developed by Dolowitz and Marsh (2000) to uncover the role of policy entrepreneurs in the transfer of knowledge and ideas between neighbourhood-level citizen initiatives. Six in-depth semi-structured interviews with members of the initiatives and a document review inform the research, which is conducted in the context of Changing Cities e.V. and Kiezblock initiatives in Berlin. Results have shown that a policy entrepreneur has been able to accelerate the initiatives’ progress and facilitated the transfer of knowledge with the creation of an advocacy coalition as well as with the provision of crucial resources, such as an open-source database. While the facilitation of policy transfer is evident, the policy entrepreneur’s role also poses a risk: Being the central actor in the advocacy coalition and thereby the main source of input, the policy entrepreneur failed to incorporate actors active at different levels and scales into the network. This would have allowed for new knowledge and perspectives to enter the network and be used and circulated among the citizen initiatives, providing further benefit to these. en
dc.format.extent 56 + 99
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title The role of policy entrepreneurs in the transfer of policy between neighbourhood-level citizen initiatives: The case of Kiezblocks and Changing cities e.V., Berlin en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Insinööritieteiden korkeakoulu fi
dc.subject.keyword policy transfer en
dc.subject.keyword policy entrepreneurs en
dc.subject.keyword citizen initiatives en
dc.subject.keyword neighbourhood level en
dc.subject.keyword bottom-up en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-202301291788
dc.programme.major Sustainable Urban Mobility Transitions fi
dc.programme.mcode ENG3085 fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Stead, Dominic
dc.programme Master’s programme in Urban Mobility fi
local.aalto.electroniconly yes
local.aalto.openaccess yes

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