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"Policy diffusion in research and technological development: No government is an island"

Morth, Ulrika. (1997) "Policy diffusion in research and technological development: No government is an island". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)

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    The paper explores the question of how the EC and several European governments almost simultaneously launched research and technological development programmes during the 1980s. It is argued that the RTD policy processes within EC and individual states were linked to each other in a European policy process, and that the convergence of such policies was a function of policy diffusion. An analytical approach of policy diffusion is outlined in order to study the linkages between national and EU policy processes. A policy diffusion perspective, which entails how policies are formed in a communication between various national political-administrative systems, can be seen as an important contribution to the study of the dynamics behind the European integration process. It is suggested that the OECD with its informal and non-hierarchical cooperation structure is an institutional condition for policy diffusion, and that this type of cooperation also can be found within the EU. The EU, which can be characterized as a type of multilevel governance, enhances communication between national political-administrative systems and thus the processes of policy diffusion.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Other international institutions > OECD
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > rtd (RTD) policy/European Research Area
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1997 (5th), May 29-June 1, 1997
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2007
    Page Range: p. 23
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:23

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