How food policies emerge: The pivotal role of policy entrepreneurs as brokers and bridges of people and ideas

Gloria Giambartolomei, Francesca Forno, Colin Sage

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    Research has highlighted how new policy networks are transforming the food governance landscape, with pioneering urban governments addressing food security challenges through the adoption of what have been generically labelled urban food strategies (UFS). Yet within the literature on place-based food governance initiatives, the role and tactics of different stakeholder groups within these experiences remains insufficiently investigated. This paper seeks to fill the gap by shedding light on the complex dynamics entrenched in the establishment of inclusive UFS in two different but comparable civic initiatives: Cork (in the Republic of Ireland) and Bergamo (Northern Italy). The paper draws upon a unique multi-methods qualitative approach combining in-depth interviews and direct observations on the part of the lead author of the paper, with direct and embodied experience of the other two contributing authors. As the analysis reveals, policy entrepreneurship is best considered as a set of collective leadership practices that hold emancipatory potential, a key to accelerate the transition towards more just and sustainable food systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number102038
    JournalFood Policy
    Early online date4 Feb 2021
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

    Bibliographical note

    NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Food Policy,. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Food Policy, 103, (2021) DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2021.102038

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    • Policy entrepreneurship
    • Collective leadership
    • Food policy council
    • Food governance
    • Urban food policy strategy
    • Place-based

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Development
    • Food Science
    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
    • Sociology and Political Science


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