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Policy innovation: What difference do policy characteristics make? A research project on Swiss cantonal disease prevention policies


Stadter, Cornelia (2012). Policy innovation: What difference do policy characteristics make? A research project on Swiss cantonal disease prevention policies. In: 70th Annual MPSA, Chicago, 12 April 2012 - 15 April 2012, 23.

Abstract

Despite the rather impressive account of policy innovation and diffusion research in recent years, one category of explanatory factors that are likely to be influential in governments’ innovation decisions is still largely unexplored – the characteristics of the policy innovation itself. Based on a discussion of the patterns of diffusion of two public health policies across the Swiss cantons, the paper conjectures that innovation characteristics might be as important as internal determinants and diffusion effects, the factors behind policy innovation that are classically studied. More specifically, it discusses how four different characteristics inherent to the basic design of the policy, i.e. technical complexity, programme costs, type of target group, and intrusiveness, might impact on the adoptability of innovative policies. Furthermore, it elaborates the research design that is being used for uncovering the effects of the four attributes, before concluding with some conceptual issues that might emerge later throughout the project.

Abstract

Despite the rather impressive account of policy innovation and diffusion research in recent years, one category of explanatory factors that are likely to be influential in governments’ innovation decisions is still largely unexplored – the characteristics of the policy innovation itself. Based on a discussion of the patterns of diffusion of two public health policies across the Swiss cantons, the paper conjectures that innovation characteristics might be as important as internal determinants and diffusion effects, the factors behind policy innovation that are classically studied. More specifically, it discusses how four different characteristics inherent to the basic design of the policy, i.e. technical complexity, programme costs, type of target group, and intrusiveness, might impact on the adoptability of innovative policies. Furthermore, it elaborates the research design that is being used for uncovering the effects of the four attributes, before concluding with some conceptual issues that might emerge later throughout the project.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Event End Date:15 April 2012
Deposited On:17 Jul 2012 09:18
Last Modified:16 Feb 2018 23:38
OA Status:Closed
Official URL:http://conference.mpsanet.org/papers/archive.aspx/2011/113108
Related URLs:http://www.mpsanet.org/Conference/tabid/75/Default.aspx

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