1st Edition

Policy Transfer in Global Perspective

Edited By Mark Evans Copyright 2004

    The world of public policy is becoming increasingly small due to dramatic changes in global communications, political and economic institutional structures, and to nation states themselves. This book evaluates the implications of these changes and challenges for both the study and the practice of policy transfer, and provides a unique understanding of the relationship between systemic globalizing forces and the increasing scope and intensity of policy transfer activity. It provides: an explanation of policy transfer as a process of organizational learning; an insight into how and why such processes are studied by policy scientists; an evaluation of its use by policy practitioners; and the first published collection of policy transfer case studies between developed countries, from developed to developing countries, and from developing countries.

    Contents: Introduction: is policy transfer rational policy-making?, Mark Evans; Understanding policy transfer, Mark Evans. Policy Transfer between Developed Countries: Policy transfer networks: an insider perspective, Mark Evans with Paul McComb; Policy transfer in a competition state: Britain's new deal, Mark Evans; Environmental policy transfer in Germany and Greece, Stella Ladi. Policy Transfer from Developed to Developing Countries: Policy transfer in a transition state: the case of local government reform in the Ukraine, Veronica Ivanova and Mark Evans; Policy transfer in Kyrgyzstan: the case of general practice fund-holding, Andrew Street; Transferring higher education policies to Mexico: the case of the technological universities, Pedro Flores-Crespo; Public management and policy transfer in South-East Asia, Richard Common. Policy Transfer from Developed Countries: Policy transfer and the developing country experience gap: taking a Southern perspective, Anthony Nedley; Policy transfer between developing countries: the transfer of the Bolsa-Escola programme to Ecuador, Xenia Lana and Mark Evans; In conclusion - policy transfer in global perspective, Mark Evans; Bibliography; Index.


    Mark Evans is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Head of the Department of Politics, and Provost of Halifax College at the University of York, UK. He is Editor of the policy analysis journal, Policy Studies, and has also written many books on this subject area.

    '...provides a wide-ranging and sophisticated analysis...It covers not only the key theoretical problematics but also a range of empirically rigorous case studies...And, unusually for this sort of study, it examines the significance of policy transfer for transition and developing countries as well as for developed ones...an indispensable resource for all those interested in the rapidly changing nature of public policy and how it is being transformed in a globalizing world.' Philip G. Cerny, Rutgers University, USA '...the book offers excellent summaries of policy transfer debates, and undoubtedly should be read by anyone wanting a fast introduction to the subject.' Progress in Development Studies