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Policy Diffusion Dynamics in America


  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521762816

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  • Policy Diffusion Dynamics in America integrates research from agenda setting and epidemiology to model factors that shape the speed and scope of public policy diffusion. Drawing on a data set of more than 130 policy innovations, the research demonstrates that the 'laboratories of democracy' metaphor for incremental policy evaluation and emulation is insufficient to capture the dynamic process of policy diffusion in America. A significant subset of innovations trigger outbreaks - the extremely rapid adoption of innovation across states. The book demonstrates how variation in the characteristics of policies, the political and institutional traits of states, and differences among interest group carriers interact to produce distinct patterns of policy diffusion.

    • Departs from the standard single or small N case study approach by exploring patterns of diffusion across over 130 policy innovations spanning a century
    • Integrates research from agenda setting and epidemiology to model innovation diffusion - it updates the decision-making model of diffusion by following Jones and Baumgartner (2005), showing that the speed of innovation diffusion is shaped by the disproportionate allocation of government attention
    • Explores how the type of policy - morality policy, regulatory policy or governance policy - contributes to the speed and scope of diffusion
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521762816
    • length: 238 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 4 maps 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Contagion in the laboratories of democracy
    2. Incrementalism and policy outbreaks in the American states
    3. Policy agents: innovation attributes and diffusion dynamics
    4. Innovation hosts: state characteristics and diffusion dynamics
    5. Policy vectors: interest groups and diffusion dynamics
    6. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Graeme Boushey, San Francisco State University
    Graeme Boushey is Assistant Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University. His teaching and research are organized around practical and theoretical questions of state and federal policy-making. He recently co-authored a review of individual and organizational decision-making for the Handbook of Public Policy, and he has also co-authored an article in the Journal of Comparative Public Policy on immigration policy in federations.

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