International Policy Transfer: Between the Global and Sovereign and between the Global and Local


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The policy transfer literature has evolved from its nation state, bureaucracy-centred origins to encompass a broad range of governance institutions and actors operating at difference levels of governance and sectors, from the local to the global. This chapter evaluates the implications of this change in scope for both the study and the practice of policy transfer and provides an understanding of the relationship between systemic globalizing forces and the increasing scope and intensity of policy transfer activity. Its contribution is threefold. it provides: (1) an explanation of policy transfer as a process of organizational learning; (2) an insight into how and why such processes are studied by policy scientists from different disciplinary perspectives; and (3), an evaluation of its use by policy practitioners. It concludes by arguing that the limits of policy transfer analysis can be addressed through democratizing policy transfer practice through ‘action learning’, ‘co-design’, and ‘experimentation’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Global Policy and Transnational Administration
EditorsDiane Stone , Kim Moloney
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
PublisherOxford Univeristy Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780198758648
ISBN (Print)9780198758648
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


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