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Understanding the transfer of policy failure: bricolage, experimentalism and translation

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This article re-assesses the literature on policy transfer and diffusion in light of what constitutes failure or limited success. First, it looks at imperfect, incomplete or uninformed transfer processes. Second, it addresses the concept of 'negative lesson-drawing' as well as the role of interlocutors who complicate policy transfer processes. Third, the idea of 'transfer' as a neat linear transmission of an intact policy approach is criticised by drawing attention to hybridity, synthesis, adaptation and 'localisation'. Finally, policy 'translation' is a better conceptual framework for comprehending the learning and policy innovations that come with the trial and error inherent in policymaking.
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Keywords: POLICY FAILURE; POLICY LEARNING; POLICY TRANSFER; POLICY TRANSLATION

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 01 January 2017

This article was made available online on 26 September 2016 as a Fast Track article with title: "Understanding the transfer of policy failure: bricolage, experimentalism and translation".

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