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Linos, Katerina
The Democratic Foundations of policy diffusion : how health, family and employment laws spread across countries / Katerina Linos
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2013]
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 3rd Floor  K590.5 .L56 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Law -- Mobility
Law -- Foreign influences
Health care reform
Family policy
Comparative law
Public opinion
Physical Description xiii, 231 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-224) and index
Contents A theory of diffusion through democratic mechanisms -- How Americans view foreign models -- National health services across OECD countries -- Health reforms in the UK, Spain and Greece -- Family policy diffusion across OECD countries -- Family policy developments in Greece and Spain
Summary "Why do law reforms spread around the world in waves? Leading theories argue that international networks of technocratic elites develop orthodox solutions that they singlehandedly transplant across countries. But, in modern democracies, elites alone cannot press for legislative reforms without winning the support of politicians, voters, and interest groups. As Katerina Linos shows in The Democratic Foundations of Policy Diffusion, international models can help politicians generate domestic enthusiasm for far-reaching proposals. By pointing to models from abroad, policitians can persuade voters that their ideas are not radical, ill-thought out experiments, but mainstream, tried-and-true solutions. Through the ingenious use of experimental and cross-national evidence, Linos documents voters' response to international models and demonstrates that governments follow international organization templates and imitate the policy choices of countries heavily covered in national media and familiar to voters. Empirically rich and theoretically sophisticated, The Democratic Foundations of Policy Diffusion provides the fullest account to date of this increasingly pervasive phenomenon."--page [4] of cover
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