Policy transfer analysis seeks to make sense of the cross-cultural transfer of knowledge about institutions, policies or delivery systems in an era of globalization. The purpose of this volume is to evaluate how useful policy transfer analysis is as a descriptive, explanatory and prescriptive theory of policy change. It provides both a response to its critics and it presents a variety of new directions for studying processes of policy transfer. The chapters proceed from an underlying assumption about the field of enquiry; that policy transfer analysis alone cannot provide a general explanatory theory of policy change but when combined with other approaches an empirically grounded account of policy change can be developed. Hence each of the chapters adopt a methodological pluralism in which complementary theories of policy development are combined in order to develop a theory of policy change that accounts for the role of particular agents of policy transfer in forging policy change. This is an important contribution to our understanding of the impact of globalization on domestic policy formulation.
This book was previously published as a special issue of Policy Studies.
1. Introduction: New Directions in the Study of Policy Transfer Mark Evans 2. Policy Transfer in Critical Perspective Mark Evans 3. Policy Diffusion and Policy Transfer David Marsh and J.C. Sharman 4. Policy Transfer as Learning: Capturing Variation in What Decision-Makers Learn from Epistemic Communities Claire A. Dunlop 5. Exporting Public-Private Partnerships in Healthcare: Export Strategy and Policy Transfer Chris Holden 6. Accounting for Policy Change through Multi-Level Analysis: The Reform of the Bank of England in the Post-War Era Sucheen Patel 7. The Uncertain Potential of Policy-Learning: A Comparative Assessment of Three Varieties Katrin Toens and Claudia Landwehr 8. Lesson-Drawing and Public Policy: Secondhand Smoking Restrictions in Scotland and England Bossman E. Asare and Donley T. Studlar 9. Policy Mimesis in the Context of Global Governance Andrew Massey 10. In Conclusion: Parting Shots Mark Evans