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Mobilizing Potential Stakeholders

To be effective agents of social change—especially in organizations, enterprises, and networks where formal authority is insufficient for advancing policy goals—entrepreneurial change agents must mobilize coalitions across diverse interest groups to reach agreements that are acceptable to a broad range of stakeholders. This topic discusses methods for mobilizing these stakeholders.

Topic Learning Outcome: Students will have a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between formal authority and the ability to actually get things done. Students will understand the importance of stakeholder participation and mobilization in the policy process.

Core Concepts associated with this Topic: Regulatory Capture; Third Sector; Stakeholders; Epistemic Community; Policy Actor; Policy Community; Moral Suasion; Public Interest Group; Social Movement; Think-Tanks; Advocacy Group; Civil Society; Interest Aggregation; Interest Group; Iron Triangle; Lobbying.

Recommended Readings

UNDP. 2008. Scarleth Gomar and Anaí Linares, "Briefing Note – Political parties and public policymaking processes: The role of multistakeholder dialogue" Documents On Dialogue.

OECD. 1998. Best Practice Guidelines For Evaluation.

Harvard University: MLD-220M Fundamentals of Negotiation Analysis

Watkins, M. and Rosegrant, S. “The Gulf Crisis: Building a Coalition for War,” HKS Case #1264.0 .

Watkins, M. and Rosegrant, S. “Sources of Power in Coalition Building,” Negotiation Journal, Jan, 1996, pp. 47-68.

Susskind, L. “Winning and Blocking Coalitions: Bring Both to a Crowded Table,” Negotiation, Vol. 7, No. 1, Jan 2004.

Bordone, R. “Dealing with a Spoiler? Negotiating Around the Problem,” Negotiation, Vol. 10, No. 1, Jan. 2007.

“How to Cope When the Table Gets Crowded,” Negotiation, Vol. 14, No. 8, August 2011, pp. 1-4 

Lovegrove, N and Thomas, M. “Triple Strength Leadership.” Harvard Business Review, September 2013.

 Sample Assessment Questions:

1.) What are stakeholders? Why is it often necessary to reach agreements that are acceptable to a broad range of stakeholders in effort to implement meaningful change?

2.) What is meant by the term regulatory capture? Why is this an important concept?

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