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Florence School of Transnational Governance

Innovative Policy Entrepreneurship: Skills and Strategies for Policy Change - 2022

Programme Start Date



See detailed schedule below

Delivery mode



Palazzo Buontalenti


1.000 €

Early bird

850 €

Application Deadline

19/05/2022 - 23:59 CEST

Past training, registrations closed.

Programme Description

Being a policy entrepreneur is not easy: it takes time, commitment, passion and sometimes a Machiavellian understanding of how networks of influence operate. There are policy entrepreneurs just waiting to spread their wings. But becoming an entrepreneur and causing a policy to change is different depending on the characteristics of your unresolved policy problem and whether you are based inside government or you are outside in the media, academia, a think tank or an interest group. This executive training will give you an opportunity to examine and expand the range and variety of skills and strategies that both individuals and organizations use to sell new policy ideas and bring about real change. This is about taking new (or re-jigged) ideas and policy creativity all the way from setting public agendas through to policy implementation. The executive training will start online and continue in a historic palace of the Medici in central Florence. It will be delivered by successful policy entrepreneurs and leading academics.

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Key outcomes

This executive training will provide the participants with skills, knowledge, and examples that will enhance their ability to have an impact on policies. By the end of the programme, the participants can expect to:

  • Be wiser about complexities of policy influence with greater appreciation of the individual tactics and organizational strategies for pushing through innovative policy solutions.
  • Have thought of a way to apply the policy entrepreneur toolkit to address tactics best suited for their policy challenges over the short-term and the long-term.
  • Have discussed the role of policy entrepreneurship in policy change with leading academics and successful policy entrepreneurs within and outside the government.
  • Have discussed state-of-the-art ways in which policy entrepreneurs can catch the attention of policymakers and bring their issues to the agenda, such as gamification and digital storytelling.
  • Have networked with people with high-level policymaking experience.


Duration and schedule

  • 27, 30 & 31 May 2022 (Online)
  • 2 & 3 June 2022 (Residential in Florence)


Who should attend

  • Policy entrepreneurs within governments who seek to push ambitious reforms in their policy areas.
  • Representatives of advocacy groups, think tanks, and organized interest who want to learn about the most effective ways in which they can direct the attention of policymakers to the issues they care about or are impacted by.
  • Researchers who seek to gain a better understanding of the role policy entrepreneurship plays in explaining policy change.


Learning method

  • Knowledge transfer through interactive lectures, both online and in presence.
  • Group work sessions that will be dedicated to the participants’ application of skills and knowledge they have learned. Instructors will provide detailed feedback to the group work assignments.
  • The instructors will provide the participants with a curated reading list that will prepare them for the training.
  • Case studies presented during the training will give the participants the real-world stories they can apply to their own scenarios.


Speakers & Trainers

  • Diane Stone, Professor of Public Policy at the EUI School of Transnational Governance, Vice-President of the International Public Policy Association (IPPA).
  • George Papakonstantinou, Professor at the EUI School of Transnational Governance, former Minister of Environment and Energy and Finance Minister of Greece.
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America, Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University.
  • Michael Mintrom, Professor of Public Policy at Monash University, director of Better Governance and Policy.
  • Andrej Nosko, Director for Europe at PilNet.
  • Marco Ricorda, Communication Officer at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).
  • Arnoud Schoofs, Co-Founder & Innovation Lead at BUMP.

Training organisers


Fee 1.000 €

Early bird and groups 850 €

Registration fee: the course registration fee is EUR 1000,00 per participant. It includes full tuition, lunches and coffee breaks during the programme, and social activities. It does not cover travel and accommodation. Our events team can assist you in finding the best options for stay in the city.

Early bird: participants who register before March 15, 23:59 (Italian time) are eligible for a reduced fee of EUR 850,00.

The participants of the training will receive a Certificate of Attendance from the EUI School of Transnational Governance. We encourage early registration for this training as places are given on a rolling basis. You can view our cancellation policy here.


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