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 13: Understanding the role of culture in policy transfers

Giulia C. Romano


Scholars who contributed to policy transfer studies have pointed out that culture and local context matter, both in the transfer process and in its outcomes. However, works that explicitly consider the role of culture in the study of transfer, diffusion and circulation are still little in number. Therefore, the way in which culture works on transfer processes and their outcomes remains under-researched. This chapter suggests establishing a research agenda that pays attention more systematically to culture in the analysis of transfer, diffusion and circulation. While far from being exhaustive, it makes some suggestions for future research, proposing some keys to study cultural aspects in the analysis of transfers. In so doing, it provides a possible (but not exclusive) way to understand the role of culture in policy transfer, diffusion and circulation processes.

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