“Just describing is not enough”: Policy learning, transfer, and the limits of best practices.

Mattocks, Kathleen (2018) “Just describing is not enough”: Policy learning, transfer, and the limits of best practices. Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, 48 (2). pp. 85-97. ISSN 1930-7799

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Abstract

Despite widespread use in the cultural field, best practices remain theoretically and empirically under-researched. The aim of this article is to achieve better understanding of their use and effectiveness in policy learning and transfer, using a case study of a cross-national policy coordination process in the European Union, the Open Method of Coordination. Using empirical data from interview and participant observation material, the article highlights several fundamental challenges of best practices, such as issues of contextualization, representativeness, and critical analysis. It finishes by offering six critical reflection questions on the use of best practices.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
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Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2019 15:30
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2019 00:18
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/70013
DOI: 10.1080/10632921.2017.1386147

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