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

Astrid Wood


Building upon the debates around travelling policy and the precipitous imitation of bus rapid transit (BRT), this chapter unravels the multiple and overlapping roles global intermediaries perform in the circulation of knowledge. The chapter takes a multi-disciplinary perspective on intermediaries presenting the plurality of viewpoints from political science, communications, science and technology studies and geography. It then applies these understandings to the case of BRT to understand the business of global intermediaries in the promotion of BRT. The chapter discusses how these global intermediaries create and sustain a process whereby learning is deliberate and methodical but never-ending and unhurried. Such analyses contribute to a more critical understanding of BRT by situating it within a wider process of peripatetic policymaking and politics, and in so doing, explains why certain transport paradigms are elevated and esteemed while others are snubbed.

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