Policy experimentation and policy learning in Canadian cultural policy

Mattocks, Kate (2021) Policy experimentation and policy learning in Canadian cultural policy. Policy Sciences, 54 (4). 891–909. ISSN 0032-2687

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This article examines policy experimentation in the context of policy learning in Canadian cultural policy. Despite the attraction of experimentation to encourage learning and thus improved policy outcomes, much of the literature on experimentation does not give sufficient attention to how it is operationalized in practice. Drawing from a novel dataset based on interviews with key actors, this article focuses on how the governance of experimentation impacts learning resulting from experimentation. Findings ultimately demonstrate that while learning occurred, it was constrained overall by a hierarchical, top-down approach to experimentation. Lessons from this case study can therefore be useful for both policy scholars and public administrations embarking on experimentation or other types of public sector innovation in Canada and beyond.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding Information: Canada-UK Foundation for their financial support in completing the fieldwork for this project.
Uncontrolled Keywords: canada,cultural policy,governance,policy experimentation,policy learning,development,sociology and political science,social sciences(all),public administration,management, monitoring, policy and law ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3303
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: 16 Sep 2021 11:16
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 03:01
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/81430
DOI: 10.1007/s11077-021-09433-3

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