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 11: Travelling across developing countries: unpacking the role of South–South Cooperation and civil society in policy transfer

Laura Trajber Waisbich, Melissa Pomeroy and Iara Costa Leite


The role of non-state actors and South-South policy flows belong to new frontiers of policy transfer research. This chapter maps and discusses emerging research interfaces between the pluralistic field of policy transfer studies (including policy transfer, diffusion, circulation and mobility) and South-South Cooperation (SSC) studies. Through a bibliometric survey and a qualitative literature review, the chapter unpacks the most frequent geographies and traveling objects in South-South policy flows channelled and enabled by SSC as well as the ways in which civil society engagement in SSC - in both sides of the equation - affects which policies travel and how they land. We argue that those emerging conversations, particularly those focusing on Brazil-Africa agricultural exchanges, are important contributions to both fields of study and offer promising research venues for scholars across the board.

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