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Title: Overseas and over here : the politics and pathways of policy transfer
Author: Legrand, Timothy
ISNI:       0000 0004 2703 5940
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2007
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Policy transfer is an ubiquitous feature of contemporary policy-making in the UK. Indeed, it is endorsed by central government and encouraged by a core of academics. Although, as a concept, it has proved extraordinarily adaptable to a range of empirical cases, it is nevertheless an inadequately theorised concept. New Labour's development of the New Deal is perhaps the most famous example of policy transfer in the UK, yet, despite a wealth of transfer analyses, no definitive account of New Labour's policy learning has yet emerged. This thesis seeks to accomplish two related aims. Firstly, it looks to develop a more adequate theoretical framework for the analysis of policy transfer. To do so, it roots its approach in critical realist transcendentalism and undertakes a detailed critique of the work of policy transfer analysts to produce an `emergent' model of policy transfer. Secondly, this model is then used to undertake a case study of the origins of the New Deal's policy. This empirical research draws upon government publications and primary research interviews with elite policy-makers in the UK, USA and Australia. In so doing, it develops a theoretically informed model of policy transfer which offers a fuller explanation of the overseas roots of New Labour's New Deal.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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