Governance by diffusion
Jörgens, Helge ;  ;  Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik (FFU), Freie Universität Berlin

Main titleGovernance by diffusion
Subtitleimplementing global norms through cross-national imitation and learning
AuthorJörgens, Helge
InstitutionForschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik (FFU), Freie Universität Berlin
No. of Pages33 S.
Series FFU-report ; 07-2003
Classification (DDC)300 Social sciences
AbstractImplementing international norms is a core aspect of global governance. It raises the question
of whether, and through which mechanisms, developments at the international level can influence
domestic policymaking. While students of global governance have placed much emphasis
on processes of bargaining within international regimes and hegemonic coercion by individual
states or international organizations to explain how international agendas reach the
domestic level, this paper argues that diffusion constitutes a third and distinct mode of global
governance which has not received due attention so far. The paper first outlines the concept
of policy diffusion and distinguishes it from other mechanisms of global governance. It draws
on theories on the domestic effects of international norms and institutions developed within the
field of international relations as well as theories of policy diffusion and policy transfer developed
within comparative public policy. Based on an empirical analysis of the international
spread of national environmental policy plans and sustainable development strategies, the
paper then demonstrates how cross-national imitation and learning matters as a mechanism
of implementing the global norm of sustainable development and how these processes of policy
diffusion interact with other, more institutionalized, forms of international governance such
as unilateral imposition and multilateral harmonization. The paper concludes with general perspectives
on the theoretical as well as practical consequences of conceptualizing policy diffusion
as a crucial component of global governance and on its potential as a mechanism for
implementing sustainable development.
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FU DepartmentEnvironmental Policy Research Centre
Year of publication2003
Type of documentBook
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