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Public Policy Transfer

Micro-Dynamics and Macro-Effects Edited by Magdaléna Hadjiisky, Université de Strasbourg, France, Leslie A. Pal, Carleton University, Canada and Christopher Walker, University of New South Wales, Australia
Contemporary policy making is deeply influenced by the borrowing, transfer and diffusion of ideas and models from other countries, levels of government and supranational institutions. This is the first book to analyze comparatively the micro-dynamics of transfer across regions, contrasting policy fields, multiple levels of governance, and institutional actors. Grounded in original research by specialists in the field, it provides fresh and arresting insights into competition among transfer agents, resistances, local coalitions, translation, and policy learning. This empirical depth informs a reinvigorated and nuanced theoretical framework on global policy transfer processes.
Extent: 360 pp
Hardback Price: $160.00 Web: $144.00
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78536 803 5
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Administration and Management
Public Policy Transfer highlights how local adaptations and innovations contribute to ongoing policy development, as domestic policy-making activity becomes increasingly engaged with global networks. This work draws together various disciplinary perspectives that dominate the study of policy transfer, which have otherwise remained separate and distinct.

This is the first book to analyze comparatively the micro-dynamics of transfer across regions, contrasting policy fields and multiple levels of governance. With authors from a wide range of disciplines such as law, development and policy studies, and various cases from Europe, Africa, Australia and South America, this book breaks new ground both theoretically and empirically. Unique to this work are the case studies examining policy transfer across countries within the Global North and Global South. This yields in-depth exploration of challenges and characteristics of transfer across emerging economies. Rooted in original research by policy specialists, this book provides fresh and arresting insights into the micro-dynamics as well as the macro-effects of policy transfer.

Offering the richest comparative analysis of policy transfer to date, this book has global appeal to academics and students of public policy. The diverse range of case studies will make this book invaluable to policy practitioners and public officials.

‘The study of policy transfer has become one of the most vibrant and compelling research programs in contemporary social science. In this wide-ranging book, the authors help us make sense of the movement of policy from one place with a much-needed assessment of the promises and pitfalls of transfer processes. This volume is thoughtful, authoritative and engaging; it is a must-read for researchers, commentators, government officials and everyone with an interest in the practicalities of transporting a “good policy practice”.’
– Diane Stone, University of Canberra, Australia, University of Warwick, UK and International Public Policy Association, France
Contributors: R. Coman, L. Delcour, T. Delpeuch, D.P. Dolowitz, I. Erdinç, M. Hadjiisky, C. Mavrot, C. Milhorance, L.A. Pal, O. Porto de Oliveira, M. Vassileva, C. Vigour, C. Visier, C. Walker, F. Zardo

Introduction: Traversing the Terrain of Policy Transfer: Theory, Methods and Overview
Magdaléna Hadjiisky, Leslie A. Pal and Christopher Walker

1. Judicial Reforms as a Political Enterprise: American Transfer Entrepreneurs in Post-communist Bulgaria
Thierry Delpeuch and Margarita Vassileva

2. Lean Management in the French State and Judicial System: Resistance and Reform
Cécile Vigour

3. From State to Market: Regulation of Road Transport in Australia and South Africa
Christopher Walker

4. Concerted Horizontal Policy Transfer: How Local Action can Drive National Compliance to International Norms
Céline Mavrot

5. The Brazil-Mozambique Experience in Rural Development: Bringing Conflict Back Into Transfer Studies
Carolina Milhorance

6. Rule of Law Promotion: US and EU experiences in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ukraine
Ramona Coman

7. Competition in Policy and Institutional Transfer: The EU and Russia in the ‘Contested Neighbourhood’
Laure Delcour

8. Participatory Budgeting Transfers in Southern Africa: Global Players, Regional Organizations and Local Actors
Osmany Porto de Oliveira

9. Whose Ownership? Explaining EU-Tunisia Policy Transfer from a Negotiation Perspective
Federica Zardo

10. What is Transfer About? Framing the Content: EU Enlargement and Trade Union Rights in Turkey
Isil Erdinç and Claire Visier

Magdaléna Hadjiisky, Leslie A. Pal and Christopher Walker

Afterword: policy transfer 2.0
David P. Dolowitz