Arenas, Agents and Actions
Edited by Tom Baker and Christopher Walker
Chapter 9: Policy transfer strategies: how agents’ actions ensure lessons from abroad stick at home
Much of the policy transfer literature has focused on discussing whether and how policymakers learn from abroad. However, less attention has been paid to the actions agents devise to ensure lessons, policies, models or insights gathered from other national experiences become durable policy changes in their own jurisdictions. This chapter argues that agents use ‘policy building’ strategies and ‘policy institutionalisation’ strategies. The former relates to the continuous process of (re)designing policy elements, including the establishment of favourable implementation conditions. The latter mainly focuses on taking care of political and long-term policy sustainability issues. The theoretical and conceptual ideas of the chapter, as well as the typology it proposes, have been inductively developed from a broader research project about the transfer of Management for Results (MfR) policies into Chile and Mexico.
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