Policy Sciences

, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 237–256 | Cite as

Policy entrepreneurs and post-conflict cross-border cooperation: a conceptual framework and the Israeli–Jordanian case

  • Tamar Arieli
  • Nissim Cohen


What is the role of policy entrepreneurs in shaping the dynamics which normalize relationships between neighboring countries after the formal resolution of conflict? This article suggests a conceptual framework to understand the influence of policy entrepreneurs on public policy regarding cross-border interaction in post-conflict border regions. We analyze the motivations, preferences and strategies of local players which design given realities in the border region. We propose a typology of the various policy entrepreneurs active in the post-conflict border region. The theoretical framework is used in the analysis of the Israeli–Jordanian border region since the peace treaty of 1994.


Policy entrepreneurship Borders Conflict Israeli–Arab conflict 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public Administration & Policy, School of Political SciencesThe University of HaifaHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Conflict Management ProgramTel Hai CollegeUpper GalileeIsrael

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