Public Policy Circulation
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Public Policy Circulation

Arenas, Agents and Actions

Edited by Tom Baker and Christopher Walker

Policy-making is more globally connected than ever before. Policy ideas, experiences and expertise circulate with great speed and over great distances. But who is involved in moving policy, how do they do it, and through which arenas? This book examines the work involved in policy circulation. As the first genuinely interdisciplinary collection on policy circulation, the book showcases theoretical approaches from across the social sciences—including policy diffusion, transfer and mobility—and offers empirical perspectives from across the world.
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Chapter 4: The South as an arena of policy circulation: South–South cooperation on human rights policies

Michelle Morais de Sá e Silva


The practice of South–South cooperation for the purpose of policy transfer has received great political interest and priority in recent years. However, some public policies have had greater success than others in circulating among countries of the geopolitical South. In this framework, this chapter approaches the South as a relevant arena and, in doing so, looks into existing enablers and barriers to policy circulation. Of particular interest for this research are the role of international organisations and the effect of participatory and coordination-based policy features. Three cases are compared in which Brazil shared some of its human rights policy models with Guinea Bissau and Cuba.

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