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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Policy Learning
Policy learning
Claire A. Dunlop Claudio M. Radaelli
Introduction

Learning is a fascinating topic for political science. Whether we look at comparative politics, public policy, or governance, we find that all these three main fields of political science are concerned with learning – but in different ways.

In comparative politics, the cross-national diffusion of institutions affects central banks, constitutions, forms of government, independent regulators, anti-corruption authorities, and so on. This raises a number of questions: do countries make a genuine effort to learn before they import models? How much do they edit and translate the templates they import to tailor them to the domestic context? Methodologically, the research questions are about indicators that un-ambiguously discriminate ...

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