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

Christopher Walker


This chapter provides a comparative case analysis of collaborative policy transfer and explores factors that influence the manner in which engagement is structured and organised. Discussion considers the arenas, agents and actions that support the circulation of policy ideas, their adaptation and translation into new locations. The chapter identifies five underlying features that are characteristic of the voluntary and collaborative uptake of circulating policy ideas. The findings note that a shared interest in a particular policy challenge is central to initiating and sustaining collaborative processes, and stemming from this the development of enduring relations between key advocates and champions of transfer is likely to strengthen the chances of successful policy transfer. The case studies highlight that collaborative engagement can range from formal to informal mechanisms of interaction, successful processes effectively link with local policy-making systems, and the effect of collaborative transfer is to strengthen the overall capacity for policy analysis and critique.

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