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Type: Journal article
Title: Elite, exclusive and elusive: transgovernmental policy networks and iterative policy transfer in the Anglosphere
Author: Legrand, T.
Citation: Policy Studies, 2016; 37(5):440-455
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 0144-2872
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Tim Legrand
Abstract: The prominent corridor of bilateral policy transfer between Australia and the UK is underpinned by a long-standing cultural and political proximity. While ad hoc cases of transfer have in recent years been the subject to concerted attention from transfer theorists, much less attention has been given to the rise of multilateral, or transgovernmental, policy networks based on similar cultural and political amity amongst the ‘Anglosphere’ group of states including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US. Populated by policy elites and regularly interacting, these networks represent potentially important modes of policy transfer yet little is known about how they operate, with what purposes or what outcomes. This article therefore sets out research findings that offer an insight into 23 identified networks, suggesting that understanding the emergence of these networks are crucial to explaining any bilateral transfer between Anglosphere states in general, and specifically Australia and the UK. The article contends that a consideration of these networks provides insight into (i) the substantive landscape of Anglosphere policy learning and collaboration, (ii) the attendant dynamics of collaborative policy networks as elite, elusive and exclusive and (iii) iterative policy transfers.
Keywords: Policy transfer; transgovernmentalism; policy networks; transnationalism; policy learning; Anglosphere; UK; Australia
Rights: © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
RMID: 0030090606
DOI: 10.1080/01442872.2016.1188912
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