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 9: Policy transfer strategies: how agents’ actions ensure lessons from abroad stick at home

Mauricio I. Dussauge-Laguna


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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