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Social Entrepreneurship by Melissa M. Stone, Terri D. Barreiro

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CHAPTER 4

The Policy Environment—Opportunities and Constraints

“I founded RISE! to combat poverty in the Twin Cities. But before I could do that, I had to learn about poverty in the United States…After three decades of spending federal and private money on this issue, why had it grown worse and not better? I decided to find out.”

Steve Rothschild1

Learning Goals

1.Understand why it is essential to assess local, state, and national policy environments to sharpen issue definition.

2.Understand and apply policy field analysis tools in order to discern public policy windows of opportunity, barriers, funding sources, and potential allies.

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