Handbook of Policy Transfer, Diffusion and Circulation
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Handbook of Policy Transfer, Diffusion and Circulation

Edited by Osmany Porto de Oliveira

This important Handbook brings together preeminent international scholars, sharing their comparative and international perspectives on the topic. Their original contributions cover the key issues and questions around policy transfer, diffusion and circulation research. Altogether, chapters illuminate how rich and provocative the current debate on the interpretation of how public policies travels is and the vibrancy of the area’s research within the broad planet of public policy analysis.
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Chapter 4: Translation and translators in policy transfer processes

Patrick Hassenteufel and Ulrike Zeigermann

Abstract

The notion of translation, first used in human sciences (especially in literature and linguistic), has been used in policy studies after being developed by the sociology of sciences in a pragmatic perspective. It offers a complementary relational and constructivist approach to the understanding of policy transfer processes. It focuses on the entanglement of the global, the national and the local in the implementation of public policy ideas, models and instruments circulating between different spaces and scales. This chapter proposes a policy translation framework combining three dimensions: discourse, actors and institutions and demonstrates how it can be empirically operationalized with two examples: the translation of evidence-based bureaucracies in healthcare and of the idea of “policy coherence for development”.

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