Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-5859
Gilardi, F; Füglister, K (2008). Empirical modeling of policy diffusion in federal states: the dyadic approach. Swiss Political Science Review, 14(3):413-450.
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Policy diffusion is a common phenomenon in federal states: indeed, one of the normative justifications of decentralized policy making is that it permits the development and spread of best practices. Following Berry and Berry (1990), event-history analysis has been the method of choice for the quantitative investigation of policy diffusion, but Volden (2006) has recently introduced a dyadic variant of this method in which units of analysis are not states but, instead, pairs of states. This article discusses the dyadic approach with a particular focus on the diffusion of policies in Switzerland. The goal is not to introduce a new method, but rather to provide a practical overview for researchers interested in using it. The article shows how the method has migrated from the international relations literature to the policy-diffusion literature, describes the typical structure of a dyadic dataset in a diffusion context, and discusses several modeling issues. The usefulness of the dyadic approach is illustrated empirically with the example of health-insurance subsidy policies in Swiss cantons.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science|
|DDC:||320 Political science|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Policy Diffusion, Federalism; Health Care, Event-history Analysis, Dyadic Approach|
|Deposited On:||16 Dec 2008 15:41|
|Last Modified:||28 Nov 2013 00:33|
|Publisher:||Swiss Political Science Association|
|Related URLs:||http://new.spsr.ch/ (Publisher)|
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