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Learning From Comparative Public Policy
A Practical Guide

ISBN 9780415317429
Published November 22, 2004 by Routledge
160 Pages

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Book Description

This textbook offers a fresh approach to the study of comparative politics and public policy. Instead of concentrating on why countries differ, Learning From Comparative Public Policy explores how countries can learn from each other about the success and failure of policy initiatives. With its theory and practice focus, the lively narrative analyzes the cultural and resources problems involved in importing policies, and the roles of institutions, regulators, think tanks and experts.

In addition to explaining the key tenets of policy analysis, the internationally renowned author offers a wide variety of international case studies and useful boxes to highlight examples. Invaluable reading for students of public policy, for policy makers and practitioners working in the public sector, it includes:

* learning from comparison
* defining a problem and creating awareness
* where to look for lessons
* applying the policy model
* the problems of importing models
* using terms to evaluate future consequences.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Learn Lessons from Abroad?  Part 1: Getting Started  1. Understanding Programmes and Lessons  2. Creating Awareness of Problems  3. Where to Look for Lessons  Part 2: Venturing Home  4. Finding Out How a Programme Really Works  5. Turning Anecdotes into a Model  Part 3: Returning Home  6. Drawing Lessons; Applying a Model  7. Should a Lesson Be Adopted?  8. Can a Lesson Be Applied?  9. Increasing Chances of Sucess  10. Looking Ahead 

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Professor Richard Rose is Director of the Centre for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde. He is a fellow of the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His writings have been translated into eighteen languages.