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The Role of International Policy Transfer and Diffusion for Policy Change in Social Protection – A Review of the State of the Art

  • Over the past two decades many governments of low and middle income countries have started to introduce social protection measures or to extend the coverage and improve the functioning of public social protection systems. These reforms are a "global phenomenon" and can be observed in many African, Asian and Latin American countries. This paper focuses on international determinants for policy change within social protection by assessing the state of the art of both policy diffusion and policy transfer studies. Empirical studies of policy transfer and diffusion in the field of social protection are furthermore assessed in light of the theoretical background.

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Document Type:Working Paper
Author:Katja Bender, Sonja Keller, Holger Willing
Number of pages:18
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Contributing Corporation:Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH ; Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences / International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE)
Date of first publication:2015/02/03
Series (Volume):IZNE Social Protection Working Paper (14/1)
Keyword:Development Policy; Policy Change; Policy Diffusion; Policy Learning; Policy Transfer; Policy networks; Political Economy; Social Protection; Transgovernmental Networks
GND Keyword:Sozialpolitik
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Internationales Zentrum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (IZNE)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 36 Soziale Probleme, Sozialdienste / 360 Soziale Probleme und Sozialdienste; Verbände
Series:IZNE Social Protection Working Paper
Entry in this database:2015/02/17
Licence (Multiple languages):License LogoIn Copyright (Urheberrechtsschutz)