Transfer agents and global networks in the 'transnationalization' of policy

Diane Stone

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This paper focuses on the role of international actors in policy/ knowledge transfer processes to suggest a dynamic for the transnationalization of policy results. The paper seeks to redress the tendency towards methodological nationalism in much of the early policy transfer literature by bringing to the fore the role of international organizations and non-state actors in transnational transfer networks. Secondly, attention is drawn to 'soft' forms of transfer - such as the spread of norms - as a necessary complement to the hard transfer of policy tools, structures and practices and in which non-state actors play a more prominent role. Thirdly, transnational networks are identified as an important vehicle for the spread of policy and practice not only cross-nationally but in emergent venues of global governance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)545–566
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of European Public Policy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


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