Centre for Change Governance

Does the study of policy transfer matter?

Thu 26 May 2016Dr Christopher Walker / 3.30 - 5.00pmThe Dryzek Room (22B13), Building 22, University of Canberra

This presentation aims to provide a comparative analysis of two studies that examine the transfer of innovative policy and regulatory models developed in the Australian road transport sector that have subsequently been trialed and adopted in other countries.

The first case study involves a policy model of self-regulation that has been modified and adopted in South Africa and the second involves the use of satellite tracking technology as a monitoring and compliance tool to ensure trucks remain on route and travel at approved times and this has been trialed for two years in Sweden. In the first case study we see a policy model transferred to a developing economy with significantly different institutional and governance capabilities. This results in modifications to implementation arrangements that effectively characterise the transfer process as one of state to market rather than the traditional notions of state-to-state transmission. The second case study shows policy transfer between like economies with similar bureaucratic and institutional structures and while characteristic of state-to-state transmission we see other factors come into play influencing policy analysis and the trial of implementation resulting in the eventual termination of the transfer proposal. 

The comparative analysis of the two cases aims to explore the value and insights that emerge from the study of policy transfer cases. As well as exploring what shapes policy transfer in different contexts discussion asks how does such analytical work contribute to the improvement of policy and regulatory practice? And what does this form of policy research reveal about processes of policy development, adaptation and analysis? How might the development of theory and the specific findings from this field of research be useful for policy and regulatory agencies? 


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