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Four ways we can improve policy diffusion research


Gilardi, Fabrizio (2016). Four ways we can improve policy diffusion research. State Politics & Policy Quarterly, 16(1):8-21.

Abstract

This article puts forward four strategies to improve policy diffusion research in political science: (1) use existing concepts consistently and improve their measurement, (2) clarify whether the goal is to improve the understanding of diffusion itself or to use diffusion research to explain another phenomenon, (3) pay more attention to the quality of the research design, and (4) discuss explicitly the practical implications of diffusion. Taken together, these recommendations trace a distinctive way forward for policy diffusion research.

Abstract

This article puts forward four strategies to improve policy diffusion research in political science: (1) use existing concepts consistently and improve their measurement, (2) clarify whether the goal is to improve the understanding of diffusion itself or to use diffusion research to explain another phenomenon, (3) pay more attention to the quality of the research design, and (4) discuss explicitly the practical implications of diffusion. Taken together, these recommendations trace a distinctive way forward for policy diffusion research.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:public policy, policy innovation/diffusion, comparative federalism, federalism, policy process
Language:English
Date:March 2016
Deposited On:02 Dec 2016 07:00
Last Modified:03 Dec 2016 08:46
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN:1532-4400
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1532440015608761
Official URL:http://spa.sagepub.com/content/16/1/8.full.pdf+html

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