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'We nicked stuff from all over the place': policy transfer or muddling through?

Dwyer, PJ and Ellison, N 2009, ''We nicked stuff from all over the place': policy transfer or muddling through?' , Policy & Politics, 37 (3) , pp. 389-407.

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Abstract

This article explores current thinking about policy learning and transfer, using recent work on the 'Americanisation' of UK active labour market policies as a focus of discussion. While it is clear that the UK has learned from the US in certain respects, academic debates about the US-UK policy relationship are marked by accounts of learning and transfer that depend on a highly rational interpretation of these processes. The article reviews current debates in the policy transfer literature and applies a critical view of policy learning and transfer to key accounts of labour market activation policies before moving on to consider how useful the concept of policy transfer really is in an increasingly complex, plural and 'de-institutionalising' world.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
Journal or Publication Title: Policy & Politics
Publisher: Policy Press
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 03055736
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2011 14:28
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/12773

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