Public Policy Circulation: Arenas, Agents and Actions

Public Policy Circulation: Arenas, Agents and Actions




Policy making is more globally connected today than ever before. Policy ideas, experiences and expertise circulate rapidly over great distances. But who is involved in distributing policy, how do they do it, and through which arenas? This book examines the work involved in policy circulation, and as the first genuinely transdisciplinary collection on policy circulation, it offers an insight into the globally dispersed yet interconnected nature of contemporary policy making and the transdisciplinary future of policy circulation studies.

Bringing together international scholars and multidisciplinary perspectives, this book showcases theoretical approaches from across the social sciences, and offers empirical perspectives from around the world. Synthesizing related literatures on policy transfer, diffusion and mobility, and assessing their differences and commonalities, this book proposes ways to foster transdisciplinary dialogue. Including a range of case studies, from both the Global North and South, Public Policy Circulation provides a succinct understanding and critique of the Global policy transfer, diffusion and mobility through the lens of arenas, agents and actions.

This book will be a vital tool for academics and students of political science, public policy, public administration, international relations, geography, urban studies, sociology and anthropology alike, with its up-to-date coverage of contemporary policy circulation, and developments in the theory of global policy movement and adoption. It will also be of interest to practitioners in government agencies and NGOs, providing insight into their increasing role in both the national and international transfer and dispersal of policies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781788119146
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 04/26/2019
Series: New Horizons in Public Policy Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 6.12(h) x (d)

About the Author

Edited by Tom Baker, School of Environment, University of Auckland, New Zealand, Christopher Walker, Australia and New Zealand School of Government, Australia

Table of Contents



1. Introduction

Tom Baker and Christopher Walker


2. Policy circulation through the Twitterverse: The case of Arctic development policy

Jennifer Spence

3. Seeing is believing? Understanding policy tourism as an arena for policy circulation

Tom Baker and Pauline McGuirk

4. The South as an arena of policy circulation: South-South cooperation on human rights policies

Michelle Morais de Sá e Silva


5. Big philanthropies as agents of policy circulation in development: Examining the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Roosa Jolkkonen

6. The business of global intermediaries in the promotion of bus rapid transit

Astrid Wood

7. Failure is an option: Epistemic communities and the circulation of Health Technology Assessment

Alexandru Rusu and Olga Löblová


8. Collaborative interactions: Understanding transfer success in transport regulation and compliance policies

Christopher Walker

9. Policy transfer strategies: How agents’ actions ensure lessons from abroad stick at home

Mauricio I. Dussauge-Laguna

10. Enacting persuasion: Storytelling, emotional artefacts and face-to-face encounters as key actions behind policy circulation

Sergio Montero

11. Policy narratives and policy transfer mechanisms: Towards a research agenda

Titilayo Soremi


12. Prospects for policy circulation studies: Towards engaged pluralism?

Tom Baker, Mauricio I. Dussauge-Laguna, Roosa Jolkkonen, Olga Löblová, Pauline McGuirk, Sergio Montero, Michelle Morais de Sá e Silva, Alexandru Rusu, Titilayo Soremi, Jennifer Spence, Christopher Walker and Astrid Wood


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