Public Policy Transfer
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Public Policy Transfer

Micro-Dynamics and Macro-Effects

Edited by Magdaléna Hadjiisky, Leslie A. Pal and Christopher Walker

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.
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Chapter 5: The Brazil–Mozambique experience in rural development: bringing conflict back into transfer studies

Carolina Milhorance


Several rural public policies formulated and implemented in Brazil have achieved international attention, inspiring a number of cooperation projects. Exploring Brazil’s relations with Mozambique as a case study, this chapter analyzes the role of different policy coalitions in the transfer of conflicting models of rural development. In order to understand how policy instruments developed in Brazil are shared with and transformed by international and Mozambican actors, the chapter relies on the Advocacy Coalition Framework and on the notion of ‘translation’. The process described strengthens specific domestic actors and triggers a redistribution of political resources as a result of the interactions of domestic coalitions with international actors. Keywords: South–South cooperation, advocacy coalition framework, translation sociology, rural policies, Brazil, Mozambique

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