II International Conference on


and Development Cooperation

jan - march · 2021





II ICPDDC Online Architecture

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The II International Conference on Policy Diffusion and Development Cooperation should have occurred at the end of May, only a few weeks ago.

However, due to the outbreak of Covid-19, we unfortunately have had to reschedule our event.

This complex circumstance, which has affected the entire world, has been a huge challenge for our Conference as well. As the number of Coronavirus cases have risen around the world and especially in Brazil, we have come to understand that it will not be possible to host a physical meeting in the short or medium term.

As we recognize the value of knowledge sharing and mutual learning, we have been working hard to design an innovative form of international academic conference within the context of this global pandemic. Everything has been designed considering digital fatigue and time zone differences. The new conference will take shape as a global online event, starting with a cycle of webinars and continuing with panels leading up to an ensemble of concluding plenaries in 2021. The new Conference Online Architecture is described below, with new deadlines and additional information about the panels.

All the updates about the Conference will be on our website www.policydiffusion.com. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at: policydiffusion@gmail.com.

With kind regards,

Osmany Porto de Oliveira
ICPDDC Organizer
São Paulo, 15 June, 2020



About ICPDDC 2020


Osmany Porto de Oliveira
Federal University of São Paulo

The fall of the Berlin Wall and the progressive intensity of globalization in the nineties opened up an unprecedented exchange of policy ideas, knowledge and models among governments all over the world. Different research traditions in social sciences followed this empirical movement providing important explanations for these processes. The II International Conference on Policy Diffusion and Development Cooperation is an eclectic global meeting that brings together researchers from all over the world to discuss the various dynamics of these policies in movement.

The literature on the international circulation of public policies (Stone, Porto de Oliveira, & Pal, 2019; Porto de Oliveira & Pimenta de Faria, 2017) informs us that these days such processes occur in many different ways (Hadjiisky, Pal, & Walker, 2017), involving a plethora of agents (Pal, 2012; Stone, 2008), with diverse narratives (Cabral, Shankland, Favareto, & Costa Vaz, 2013), operating in multiple arenas (Baker & Walker, 2019), with unequal power relationships (Dolowitz, Plugaru, and Saurugger 2019), within dynamics of competition and cooperation (Mawdsley, 2017), following different directions (Osorio Gonnet, 2018) and geographies (Milhorance, 2018) in distinct time periods (Peck & Theodore, 2015; Wood, 2015), generating heterogeneous effects including bricolages (Stone, 2017) and translations (Hassenteufel, Benamouzig, Minonzio, & Robelet, 2017). In spite of this mosaic of knowledge produced and accumulated over the past few years, there are still past and present empirical settings, theoretical questions and methodological issues that require deeper study in order to help us to explain these phenomena with greater precision. 

Among the most cutting-edge questions in the field are: what is the influence of far-right groups and leaders, as well as the post-truth context of policy transfer? How does state capacity affect policy transfers? In which ways does the geopolitical distribution of power affect the international “policy market”? Which causal mechanisms facilitate or constrain policy diffusion, beyond coercion, learning, competition and emulation? What are the implications of the contemporary changes in South-South cooperation on policy transfers? How can social network analysis improve our understanding of policy circulation? What is the impact of the proliferation of social policy innovation labs on policy transfers? How can regionalisms facilitate or constrain policy diffusion? What is the role of digital technology and internet knowledge hubs, learning communities, and transfer platforms in the circulation of governmental and administration ideas, models and techniques? These are some of the issues that the II International Conferences on Policy Diffusion and Development Cooperation will address.

In this event we expect to move forward and innovate in this debate, producing front-line discussions and new research partnerships. This is a participatory and collaborative space where both Southern and Northern scholars will discuss issues, concepts and methods to produce knowledge and improve our understanding of policy diffusion and development cooperation. Our first meeting was held in 2016 at the Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning (Cebrap) as a seminar, and this has become a biannual conference in partnership with the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp) and the International Public Policy Laboratory (Laboppi). The conference brings together major experts in political science, sociology, public policy, international relations, urban studies, and geography to discuss how policies travel and governments cooperate. The last edition occurred in 2018 with more than 270 participants from countries all over the world, and we have been building a global network that now unites more than 400 researchers interested in this topic.

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Online Architecture

Papers guidelines

Posters guidelines

The panels will take place from January to March through a video communication platform. All panels will be recorded. Considering “digital fatigue” and time zone differences, these efforts will better address the possibility of everyone participating online or having access to the debates anytime or anywhere after the sessions.

Each panel will have a purpose. This can be the simple intention to stimulate debate with discussions or a more complex aspiration such as preparing a publication. Check the purpose of your panel with the Panel Organizer.

In order to have more interaction with the audience and avoid digital fatigue, we will use the Slido app in the different sections, with schedules being available in advance and time being strictly monitored.

Panels will have a private zone on the website where they can include documents as their work progresses. This will be a working room where panelists can post texts, concept notes, reminders, PowerPoint presentations, external links, bibliography, etc. This area will serve as a working space for the publication process where knowledge can be shared on the panel’s specific topic.

A publication with the papers presented in the conference will be organized. The details will be released soon.


We will organize one webinar every two months to keep the network alive and the conference as well.


A series of 3 concluding webinars will close the Conference in March, 2021.


Participants will be able to advertise books, publications and opportunities on our platform.


A monthly newsletter will circulate informing the most interesting news about Policy Diffusion and Development Cooperation. 6.


A Brazilian music playlist will be available on Spotify and different recipes for caipirinhas will be shared in our recipes.

Conference Mug

You will be able to download the Logo of our Conference Mug and print it locally!


Participants who decide to cancel their participation, after having paid their registration can ask for a reimbursement until July 31. After this date, no refunds will be made. All refunds must be requested via our email: policydiffusion@gmail.com

new Key Dates

July 31, 2020

Deadline for participants to register with an early bird discount or request a refund. After this deadline, refunds will no longer be available.

November 16, 2020

Deadline for registrations with the “Before the Conference rate

December 15, 2020

Program will be published on our website

January 15, 2021

Deadline to submit papers in the system and “During the Conference” registration rate

January 27 – March 19, 2021

Panel sessions

March 22, 2020

Concluding plenaries begin


Osmany Porto de Oliveira


Interview with Professor Leslie Pal at the International Conference of Policy Diffusion and Development Cooperation, organized by UNIFESP and Laboppi, in S?o Paulo

Leslie Pal

Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Cecilia Os?rio

Cecilia Osorio

Universidad Alberto Hurtado2

Professor Christopher Walker at International Conference on Policy Diffusion and Development Cooperation

Chris Walker

Australia and New Zealand School of Government

David Dolowitz

David Dolowitz

University of Liverpool

Magdalena 1

Magdalèna Hadjiisky

Université de Strasbourg

Invited Speakers

Claire Dunlop

Claire Dunlop

University of Exeter

Claire Dunlop is a political scientist and, specifically, a public policy and administration scholar. Her main research interests are the politics of expertise and knowledge utilization; epistemic communities and advisory politics; risk governance; policy learning and analysis; impact assessment; and policy narratives. She explores these conceptual interests at the UK and EU levels principally, and most frequently in relation to agricultural, food and environmental issues. Most recently, she has started to research LGBT legislation in the UK.

Between 2010-2016, Claire Dunlop was convenor of the UK Political Studies Association’s (PSA) Public Policy and Administration specialist group and is now a PSA Trustee and member of the Senior Leadership Team. She is currently the editor of Public Policy and Administration.

Information available here

Eugene McCann

Eugene McCann

Simon Fraser University

Eugene McCann is an urban geographer whose research focuses on the political struggles, strategies, practices, and negotiations that characterize urban policy-making. His current focus is on developing the ‘policy mobilities’ approach in urban studies. This burgeoning literature identities and conceptualizes how ‘best practice’ models of urban governance are made mobile through the actions of various policy actors. He researches how the circulation of policy models represents the practical work of constituting “urban globalness” while also highlighting the politics of urban policy-making.

His main focus is his long-term analysis of the emergence, development, and travels of the Harm Reduction drug policy model – and specifically the model of the Drug Consumption Room, or Supervised Injection Facility – among cities. He also studies 39 ‘Vancouverism’ as a globally-renowned and globally-mobile set of planning strategies, intended to create more sustainable urban built environments. Beyond this work, he has a longstanding interest in the politics of urban development and public space. More recently, has developed an interest in the central relationship between food and “foodscapes” in urban environments, in collaboration with SFU Geography Adjunct Professor, Dr. Christiana Miewald.

Information available here 



Patrick Hassenteufel
(Sciences Po Versailles)

Raul Pacheco-Vega

Giulia Romano
(University of Duisburg-Essen)

Roberta Sakai (King’s College London) 


Alex Moulis
(Australia and New Zealand School of Government – ANZSOG)

Amanda Shriwise
(University of Bremen)

Camila Saraiva
(Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)

Cecilia Osorio Gonnet
(Universidade Alberto Hurtado – Chile)

Christopher Walker
(Australia and New Zealand School of Government)

Danilo Marcondes de Souza Neto
(Brazilian War College-ESG)

Giovanni Agostinis
(Pontificia Universidad Católica – Chile)

Giulia C. Roman
(University of Duisburg-Essen)

Johanna Kuhlmann
(University of Bremen)

Juliana Costa
(Federal University of São Paulo/Articulação Sul)

Kidjie Saguin
(National University of Singapore)

Leslie A. Pal
(Universidade Hamad Bin Khalifa)

Manuela Trindade Viana

Melissa Pomeroy
(Articulação Sul)

Michelle Morais de Sá e Silva
(The University of Oklahoma)

Monica Herz

Natália Koga

Osmany Porto de Oliveira
(Federal University of São Paulo – UNIFESP)

Patrick Hassenteufel
(Universidade de Versalhes Paris-Saclay)

Ulrike Zeigermann
(University of Malsburg)


Gil Pradeau
(University of Westminster)

Beatriz Sanchez

Giovanna Vaz

Mariana Capella

Júlia Bernardes

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Panel Sessions Guidelines

We are expecting to have 26 panel sessions from January to March. Sessions will occur live on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsckbC_LJ7uSrNrQfDiyI6w). Check our first webinar on YouTube to see how it works. We will use the Slido app for questions and to interact with the audience. Presentations will be from 10-15 minutes long. Every panel will have a moderator and a panelist.

Every session will be recorded and videos will be available on our YouTube channel so that participants can watch them immediately after. Dates and times will be defined in November by panel organizers, taking into account the time zone preferences of all panel participants. The full video of the panel will be edited and cut into single presentations for display on our YouTube channel. Panelists will be required to sign an agreement to use their image.

Guidelines to prepare your panel’s setting and presentation will be sent to you soon. Papers are expected to be sent by January 15. As we have more time now, we have encouraged panel organizers to prepare a publication containing the papers of their panel. Not every panel is going to do this. Please, check the purpose of your panel here on our website or with your panel organizer. Don’t miss the early bird registration rate for the conference. Let us know if you have any questions.

Panels and Papers

date: 27 january 2021
time: 16:00 — 18:00 GMT 

DISCUSSANT: Cecilia Osorio (Universidad Alberto Hurtado), Raul Pacheco-Vega (Flacso-Mexico) and Osmany Porto (Universidade Federal de São Paulo — Unifesp)

Leslie A. Pal (Hamad Bin Khalifa University)
Osmany Porto de Oliveira (Federal University of São Paulo)
Main contact: osmanyporto@gmail.com

Early studies on policy transfer in the late 90’s and early 2000 focused on movement of policies among countries in the Global North (Dolowitz & Marsh, 2000; Howlett, 2000), with special attention to Europeanization process (Saurugger & Surel, 2006), or from the Global North to the Global South (Badie, 1992). In past years a second wave of research brought attention to the proactive engagement of emerging countries in promoting their policy own models abroad, for example Brazil (Milhorance, 2018; Morais de Sá e Silva, 2017; Porto de Oliveira, 2017), as well as other dynamics of policy diffusion in Asia (Betz & Neff, 2017) and Africa (Wood, 2015). In spite of the accumulated knowledge produced by comparative case studies about these nations, there is still a lack on the discussion of policy transfer in the so-called “small States” (Switzerland, Costa Rica, East Timor, Lesotho, Jordan, New Zeland and so on). According to the World Bank, more than one quarter of its members are small countries, meanwhile two-thirds of United Nations members fall into this category. Despite the variation in terms of size, geography, development and economic wealth – they face similar challenges in terms of public policymaking.

States as Singapore and Qatar have not only been important granaries of innovative solutions for public problems, but also have advanced different strategies to promote their policies abroad. These countries have been using “skilled diplomacy” (Cooper, Heine, & Ramesh, 2013) in order to include their interests on the international agenda and take part on global public policymaking. Singapore’s public administration model, developed under Lee Kuan Yew, have been travelling worldwide (Pow, 2014), meanwhile Qatar is investing heavily in education and other sectorial policies to modernize the state, combining the most cutting-edge policy instruments available in the “global market”.

In this panel we are interested to receive papers that help us to advance the debate, by tackling the following questions: What are the specificities of the engagement of small states in policy transfer? How are diplomacy and development cooperation combined in policy transfer process? Which transfer agents participate in the process and how are policies translated? We expect papers presenting advanced result findings that could be developed to prepare a Special Issue on this topic.

Preliminary programme

Session 2 

Policy transfer and state capacity: in Small Island Developing States Cicley 

Dias do Sacramento | Klaus Frey

Economic and Policy Diversifications in The Gulf Cooperation Council States: Small States, Fragmented Interests, Skilled Diplomacies
Evren Tok, Abdullah Kaya

The Role of International Policy Transfer and Diffusion in Diplomacy
Nariman Farajev


Badie, B. (1992). L’État importé: L’occidentalisation de l’ordre Politique. Paris: Fayard.
Betz, J., & Neff, D. (2017). Social policy diffusion in South Asia. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 10(1), 25–39. https://doi.org/10.1080/17516234.2016.1258520
Brooks, S. M. (2005). Interdependent and Domestic Foundations of Policy Change: The Diffusion of Pension Privatization Around the World. International Studies Quarterly, 49(2), 273–294. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0020-8833.2005.00345.x
Cooper, A., Heine, J., & Ramesh, T. (Orgs.). (2013). The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199588862.001.0001
Dolowitz, David P., & Marsh, D. (2000). Learning from Abroad: The Role of Policy Transfer in Contemporary Policy Making. Governance, 13(1), 5–24.
Howlett, M. (2000). Beyond Legalism? Policy Ideas, Implementation Styles and Emulation-Based Convergence in Canadian and U.S. Environmental Policy. Journal of Public Policy, 20(3,), 305–329.
Milhorance, C. (2018). New Geographies of Global Policy-Making: South–South Networks and Rural Development Strategies. 245.
Morais de Sá e Silva, M. (2017). Poverty Reduction, Education, and the Global Diffusion of Conditional Cash Transfers. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-53094-9
Osorio Gonnet, C. (2018). A Comparative Analysis of the Adoption of Conditional Cash Transfers Programs in Latin America. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/13876988.2018.1491671
Porto de Oliveira, O. (2017). International Policy Diffusion and Participatory Budgeting: Ambassadors of Participation, International Organizations and Transnational Networks. Palgrave Mcmillan.
Pow, C. P. (2014). License to travel. City, 18(3), 287–306. https://doi.org/10.1080/13604813.2014.908515
Saurugger, S., & Surel, Y. (2006). L’européanisation comme processus de transfert de politique publique. Revue internationale de politique comparée, 13(2), 179. https://doi.org/10.3917/ripc.132.0179
Wood, A. (2015). The Politics of Policy Circulation: Unpacking the Relationship Between South African and South American Cities in the Adoption of Bus Rapid Transit: The Politics of Policy Circulation. Antipode, 47(4), 1062–1079. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12135

Osmany Porto de Oliveira (Unifesp)
Natália Koga (Ipea)
main contact: osmanyporto@gmail.com

Contemporary public policymaking is characterized by two emerging different dynamics of policy instruments crossing borders. On the one hand, there is a progressive engagement of the State (both national and subnational) in the internationalization of domestic policies. In fact, promoting “best practices” abroad, often via formal and informal cooperation projects, has been a constant action of governments around the world. On the other hand, the production of global agendas, standards and goals by the international community (as the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda), have compelled States to implement new practices in order to meet multilateral organizations standards. The literature on policy transfer have focused on different aspects of agency (Dolowitz & Marsh, 2000), as the role of international organizations (Pal, 2012), think-tanks (Stone, 2001), individuals (Dezalay & Garth, 2002) and their power and influence along the process. However, there is still a lack of knowledge about the micro-dynamics of state capacities operating in policy transfers, in the movements of adoption and internationalization. At the same time, policy capacity literature payed little attention to the transnationalization of public action, and researches focused on understanding skills, competences and resources for decision-making and policymaking within governments’ internal structures (Parsons, 2004: Painter and Pierre, 2005; Wu et al, 2015). Taking into account that policy transfer is not an automatic process carried out by rational civil servants, but that it is influenced by policy capacities – that can be individual, organizational and systemic (Howlett, 2015; Wu et al, 2015; Keating et al., 2012) –,we expect in this panel to advance issues as: what is a capacity to transfer (export and import) policies? How state brokers influence policy transfers? How individual civil servants’ leadership is important to policy transfer? When policy capacity is determinant to policy transfer success or failure? When does asymmetry of capacities condition the direction of policy transfer between center and periphery? How do traditional and new forms of knowledge production and diffusion affect transfer capacity in a post-truth context? The association of policy transfer, state capacities and development cooperation is a combination of research sub-areas that promises to bring important innovations on the debate. We expect with this panel to gather a set of papers based on advanced empirical research to prepare a special issue.

Preliminary programme

Session 3.1
Transnational Networks and the Domestic Social and Labor Policy Cycle in the European Union: A Case Study
Anna Malandrino

Tracing the absence of mobilities in Johannesburg: a case of bike-share and policy mobilities
Astrid Wood

The transfer and implementation of policies relating to bus and bicycle lanes in transport, a comparative study between The Uk and the Netherlands
Miguel Loyola | Prof. John Nelson | Prof. Helena Titheridge | Prof. Wijnand Veeneman

Session 3.2
Academics in Public Office: A Study of Academic Administrative Entrepreneurs (AAEs) as Agents of Policy Transfer in Indonesia’s Administrative Reform
Ario Wicaksono

Capacity to Policy Transfer and the Role of Individuals in post-communist countries: A case from Kazakhstan
Dr. Aray Ilyassova-Schoenfeld

The dissemination and implementation of cultural rights worldwide: from “insurrectional actors” to “programmatic actors” ? A comparison of Brazilian, French and South African cases
Lionel Arnaud | Julie Sarah Lourau Alves da Silva | Leslie Banks | and al.

The influence of the European Central Bank on the diffusion of austere fiscal policies and the accumulation of public debt across Europe
Natalia Poiatti

Knowledge battles at the World Bank: How institutional activists introduced the norm of participation into international development policy Olivier Nay

Session 3.3
School Feeding Policies: the role of Brazil in the global debate and international actions
Fernanda Castilhos França de Vasconcellos | Catia Grisa

The Aftermath of Brazilian HIV/AIDS policy diffusion in Mozambique: Lessons and Reflections based on Sociedade Mocambicana de Medicamentos.
Maria Berta Ecija

Policy Transfer and State Capacity: An Introduction
Osmany Porto de Oliveira | Natália Koga

Diffusion of citizen security policies between different municipal managements in Minas Gerais
Rafael Lara Mazoni Andrade | Eduardo Cerqueira Batitucci

Session 3.4
Will or obligation? Policy Transfer and the role of the World Bank in the case of RN Sutentável
Bárbara Maia Lima Madeira Pontes

Searching for an Ideological Rudiment: The Totalizing Logic of the International Monetary Fund.
David Alemna

When organizations borrow others’ classifications schemes: the case of the ‘developing country’ category
Deborah Barros Leal Farias


Dezalay, Y., & Garth, B. G. (2002). La mondialisation des guerres de palais: La restructuration du pouvoir d’État en Amérique Latine, entre noblesse du droit et “chicago boys”. Saint-Amand-Montrond: Éditions du Seuil.
Dolowitz, David P., & Marsh, D. (2000). Learning from Abroad: The Role of Policy Transfer in Contemporary Policy Making. Governance, 13(1), 5–24.
Howlett, M. (2015). Policy analytical capacity: The supply and demand for policy analysis in government. Policy and Society, 34(3–4), 173–182. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polsoc.2015.09.002
Keating, M, Cairney, P. & Hepburn, E. (2012) Policy Convergence, Transfer and Learning in the UK under Devolution, Regional & Federal Studies, 22:3, 289-307, DOI: 10.1080/13597566.2012.688272
Pal, L. A. (2012). Frontiers of Governance: The OECD and Global Public Management Reform. Palgrave McMillan.
Painter, M., & Pierre, J. (2005). Challenges to state policy capacity: Global trends and comparative perspectives. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Parsons,W.(2004). Not just steering but weaving: Relevant knowledge and the craft of building policy capacity and coherence. Australian Journal of Public Administration,63(1), 43–57.
Stone, D. (2001). Think Tanks, Global Lesson-Drawing and Networking Social Policy Ideas. Global Social Policy: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Public Policy and Social Development, 1(3), 338–360. https://doi.org/10.1177/146801810100100304

Danilo Marcondes de Souza Neto (Brazilian War College-ESG)
Monica Herz (PUC-Rio)
Manuela Trindade Viana (PUC-Rio)
Main contact: danilomarcondes@gmail.com

Policy diffusion linked to issues of security often deals with how state and non-state actors address violence, insecurity and instability. While these problems have often been associated with a perceived lack of governance in the Global South, in recent years, Southern countries have come to constitute not only a source of risks to security, but also a source of solutions in the domain of security. Indeed, regions such as Latin America are increasingly portrayed as providing useful lessons and models to be replicated in the security domain of other countries – both in the Global North and South.
In order to understand these new flows of security practices, recent contributions have sought to understand how these Southern responses are framed and taken to locations outside of their initial context.
The panel seeks to engage in this debate, by (i) mapping the main mechanisms allowing for this diffusion to take place; (ii) discussing the implications of such dynamics to certain groups/communities; (iii) exploring the politics running through the privileging of some approaches over others in the domain of security; and (iv) reflecting on how this Southern agency affects security practices in a global perspective.

The panel welcomes contributions addressing issues such as:
● The role of public forces in diffusing their experiences in addressing drug and human trafficking, terrorism and gang violence.
● The participation of Southern countries in UN peacekeeping missions, including in training for peacekeeping participation.
● The engagement of international institutions (UN, World Bank, OECD, etc) in the diffusion of Southern responses related to peace, security and defense.
● The connections between transnational technocratic networks in the domain of security and the re-positioning of the Global South in these global flows of practices.

Preliminary programme

Session 4
The travelling policemen: the Koban system and its circulation between Japan, Brazil and Central America
Danilo Marcondes de Souza Neto

Militarization, citizen security, counterinsurgent order: police cooperation and the expansion of public security agenda in Latin America
Manuela Trindade Viana

Assessing defense cooperation in South America: How did the South American Defense Council act?
Thales Leonardo de Carvalho

Policy mobilities and the development of security policies in a Brazilian city: Exploring the rise and fall of ‘Pact for Life’ in Recife 
Trevor Jones | Mozart Fazito

Overlapping agency in the security sector reform of Haiti? An analysis of key actors and processes
João Fernando Finazzi


Amar, Paul (ed.)(2013). Global South to the Rescue. Emerging Humanitarian Superpowers and Globalizing Rescue Industries. New York, Routledge.
Leander, Anna & Waever, Ole (2019). Assembling exclusive expertise. Knowledge, ignorance and conflict resolution in the Global South. New York, Routledge.
Marcondes, Danilo; Siman, Maíra; Oliveira, Ricardo (2017). South-South cooperation and training for peacekeeping participation. Journal of International Peacekeeping, v. 21, p. 197-223.
Müller, Markus- Michael (2016). Entangled pacifications: peacekeeping, counterinsurgency and policing in Port-au-Prince and Rio de Janeiro. In Jana Honke and Markus-Michael Müller (eds.) The global making of policing. Postcolonial perspectives. New York, Routledge.
Porto de Oliveira, Osmany (2017). International Policy Diffusion and Participatory Budgeting: Ambassadors of Participation, International Institutions and Transnational Networks. London, Palgrave Macmillan.
Viana, Manuela Trindade (2019). Reorganizando la violencia: la ‘historia de éxito’ colombiana y los límites del discurso del posconflicto. Revista CIDOB D’Afers Internacionals, v. 121, p. 135-156.

Christopher Walker (Australia and New Zealand School of Government – ANZSOG)
Main contact: c.walker@anzsog.edu.au

This panel aims to explore the potential of Social Network Analysis as a research methodology in the area of policy transfer and policy development studies. As the title suggests, Social Network Analysis is a process of analysing networks, the relations and patterns of relations that proponents of this theory see as the building blocks of social life (Marin and Wellman, 2016). Visual representations of ‘nodes’ (individuals, organisations or other units) and ‘ties’ or ‘edges’ (the relations between the nodes) are often created in the process, providing researchers with a map with which to understand and interpret social relations. What value does this methodology offer policy diffusion, circulation and transfer studies? How applicable and practicable is Social Network Analysis as a research method for understanding policy transfer? And what unique insights does this methodology reveal about diffusion, circulation and transfer processes?
This panel is seeking contributions from scholars who are working with or have utilised Social Network Analysis in their research, outlining their experience of the methodology and the results produced. Experience in policy development or policy transfer work is particularly relevant for this panel. The insights gained from this analysis and experience will be discussed, looking at the value and potential benefits this research process offers to further the study of policy transfer and policy development. This panel may be of interest to scholars who explore the practices of regulatory intermediaries and their role in transfer, the role of stakeholders in the policy transfer process and the relationships between a variety of agents, arenas and the actions involved in the sharing of ideas, the development, transfer and diffusion of policy (Baker and Walker, 2019).

Preliminary programme

Session 5.1
Assessing the Validity of the Documental Analysis of Transnational Networks as a Tool to Understand Policy Transfer
Anna Malandrino

Allocation Biases in Global Programmes: The Applicability of the Actor-Network Theory in Policy Diffusion Studies
Laura Rahm

Policy Advisory Networks: The Global Dimension?
Leslie Pal | Jennifer Spence

The determinants of predisposition for the participatory policy change: stakeholder participation can contribute to change administrative burden in social security policy?
Vanessa de Souza Fraga | Silvia Maria Vale Mendes Camões

Session 5.2
Understanding Policy Transfer Through Social Network Analysis
Dr Christopher Walker and Alex Moulis

Policy Diffusion Through the Twitterverse: Does More Data Give Us More Insight? Revisiting Arctic Development Twitter Networks
Jennifer Spence

The Narrative framing of cycle lanes implementation
Miguel Loyola, Jhon Nelson, David Levinson, Geoffrey Clifton

Language Communities and Diffusion
Zachary Elkins


BAKER, T. & WALKER, C. (eds.) 2019. Public Policy Circulation. Arenas, Agents and Actions, Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar.
MARIN, A. & WELLMAN, B. 2016. Social Network Analysis: An introduction. In: SCOTT, J. & CARRINGTON, P. J. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Social Network Analysis. London: SAGE Publications LTD.

Johanna Kuhlmann (University of Bremen)
Amanda Shriwise (University of Bremen)
Main contact: johanna.kuhlmann@uni-bremen.de

The analysis of diffusion processes has become an important strand of social policy research that often relies on a four-element typology of mechanisms: coercion, emulation, learning, and competition (Dobbin et al., 2007). Although these mechanisms have improved our understanding of transnational social policy dynamics, scholars have repeatedly highlighted that diffusion mechanisms need further analytical refinement (Obinger et al., 2013). Yet, the articulation of advanced or alternative models that capture these processes continues to be rare.
Against this background, this panel welcomes both theoretical and empirical contributions that critically engage with this topic and provide links for further theory development. Potential topics may include but are not limited to: the distinctiveness of the four diffusion mechanisms; policy dynamics beyond the well-known distinction between horizontal and vertical diffusion; the role of different policy actors in transnational policymaking; and the procedural dimension of how social policy travels (Kuhlmann et al., forthcoming; Shriwise, forthcoming). What is more, while diffusion research often analyses recent policy exchanges between independent nation states, we also welcome contributions that focus on transnational social policy dynamics in different historical time periods (e.g. colonialism, phases of conflict) and at critical junctures. Finally, we are interested in contributions that critically engage with what, if any, distinctions may exist between diffusion and causal mechanisms.

Preliminary programme

Session 6.1 

Diasporas as Agents of Policy Diffusion: An Analytical Framework
Helge Jörgens


Causal mechanisms in the analysis of transnational social policy dynamics. Evidence from the Global South
Johanna Kuhlmann | Tobias ten Brink

Influence of ILO Conventions on the Historical Development of Maternity Leave Policy in the World from 1884 until 2018

Session 6.2
British colonial development assistance: coercion, emulation, learning, or competition?
Amanda Shriwise

Political and social psychology in decision-making process: An analysis of Israeli politics
Karina Stange Calandrin

The ‘Double Translation’ of Social Protection Policy: From Agencies to Agents to Actors
Stephen Devereux | Anna Wolkenhauer


Dobbin, Frank; Simmons Beth; Garrett, Geoffrey (2007): The Global Diffusion of Public Policies: Social Construction, Coercion, Competition, or Learning? Annual Review of Sociology 33: 449–472.
Kuhlmann, Johanna; González de Reufels, Delia; Schlichte, Klaus; Nullmeier, Frank (forthcoming): How Social Policy Travels – A Refined Model of Diffusion. Global Social Policy.
Obinger, Herbert; Schmitt, Carina; Starke, Peter (2013): Policy Diffusion and Policy Transfer in Comparative Welfare State Research. Social Policy & Administration 47(1): 111–129.
Shriwise, Amanda (forthcoming): From Context to Causation: Advancing Transnational Approaches to Social Protection in the Global South. In Schmitt, Carina (ed) From Colonialism to International Aid: External Actors in Social Protection in the Global South, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Giulia C. Romano (Institute of East-Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen)

Main contact: giulia.romano@uni-due.de

In the recent decade, policy diffusion and policy transfer studies went beyond the classical border of this field of studies – Europe and North America –, to analyze this type of phenomena in other sites of the world. These developments not only provided us rich information about transfers in other corners of this world, but also suggested expanding our sets of questions to better explore the specific characteristics of these phenomena. For instance, in view of the emergence of several directionalities of transfer and diffusion, associated with the arrival on the global scene of new actors, what are the meanings attached to this diffusion of “made in the South” or “made in the East” policies, ideas and even institutions? What are the drivers for the countries where models originate and the recipient countries? These questions are surely very relevant for the (North and South) East Asian area, a part of the world that is attracting more and more attention from researchers interested in policy transfer and policy diffusion (see Romano forthcoming; Saguin and Howlett 2019; Howlett, Ramesh and Saguin 2018; Balme 2017; Liu and Leisering 2017; Zhang and Marsh 2016; Zhang 2016; Kim and Yoo 2015; de Jong 2013), but that we still have to explore more in detail.
For instance, given the specific nature of the state in many East Asian countries – the Chinese Party-State, the Japanese, Singaporean and South Korean “developmental states”, etc. – researches can explore in detail who the actors promoting transfers from these countries are and how they operate; and how the specific configurations of these states (at the national and/or local level(s)) have an impact on policy adoption and adaptation. This aspect can also include making considerations on the role of informality, a common characteristic of many of these countries. Given the very strict hierarchies that exist in some East Asian societies, researches can also explore the impacts of hierarchies on the capacities for learning and adaptation in these countries (see Romano forthcoming). In recent years, a number of scholars also explored transfers within East Asia, wondering whether cultural proximity is a facilitator of transfer (Lim and Horesh 2016; Ortmann and Thompson 2014). Papers can also contribute to better elucidate this aspect.
This panel welcomes papers that engage with these questions, shedding light on processes of policy transfer, diffusion, learning and adaptation in East Asian countries, seen both as donor and as recipient countries. As a guide, papers can address the following questions:

– Who are the actors of transfer and diffusion from East Asian countries and do they significantly differ from the ones policy transfer scholars have identified? What roles do they play?
– At which level of the government – state, sub-national, organizational – do the transfer and diffusion occur? How does multi-scalar policy transfer and diffusion differ from the transnational kind?
– What are the meanings attached to the transfer and diffusion of policy ideas and policy models from East Asian countries and what are their drivers (think for instance China’s One Belt One Road Initiative, or Singapore’s diffusion of “recipes for good government”?)
– What is the role of informality in the process of transfer / diffusion and/or adaptation?
– How does the specific politico-historical-“cultural” (see Wedeen 2002) configuration affect the adoption and translation of policy ideas and models?
– Does “cultural proximity” – provided that we define it – facilitate transfers?

Papers are invited from any discipline that examine the processes of policy transfer, diffusion and mobilities in East Asia. While theoretical papers are welcome, empirical applications are particularly encouraged in any sector of sub-national, domestic or international policy. Comparative analyses using policy transfer as a lens are also welcome, particularly when it looks at the differences and similarities between and across the countries in the region.

Preliminary programme

Session 7.1 

Provider Payment Reform for Chinese Hospitals: Policy transfer and internal diffusion of international models.

Armin Müller and Tobias ten Brink

Social Protection as Nation building – The Timor-Leste case
Daniel Carolo

Coercion or Learning? Policy Transfer of Social Policy in South Korea
Kim, Won Sub | Jeon, Se-Hoon

Session 7.2
Community governance with Chinese characteristics: an analysis of concept diffusion and translation
Giulia C. Romano

What does the Policy Formulation Process of East Lantau Metropolis and Lantau Tomorrow Vision Policy Imply Hong Kong Policy Style
Poon Tsz Fung

Reconsidering the Policy Diffusion Pattern in China: A QCA Study on the Determinants, Combined Path and Formation Mechanism of Policy Outbreak
Yang Zhi | Wei Shu

The Health Insurance and the Urbanization of Rural Migrants in China
Lijian Qin, Professor, Hong Chen, Associate Professor


Balme, R. (2019). “Policy transfers as normative interactions. The case of environmental policy-making in China”. In L. Delcour & E. Tulmets (Eds.), Policy Transfer and Norm Circulation. Towards an Interdisciplinary and Comparative Approach. London and New York: Routledge.
De Jong, M. (2013). China’s art of institutional bricolage: Selectiveness and gradualism in the policy transfer style of a nation. Policy and Society, 32 (2), 89‑101.
Howlett, M., Ramesh, M., & Saguin, K. (2018). Diffusion of CCTs from Latin America to Asia: the Philippine 4Ps case. Revista de Administração Pública, 52(2), 264-284.
Lim, K.F., & Horesh, N. (2016), The “Singapore Fever” in China: Policy Mobility and Mutation. The China Quarterly, 228, 992-1017.
Liu T., & Leisering L. (2017), Protecting injured workers: how global ideas of industrial accident insurance travelled to China. Journal of Chinese Governance, 2 (1), 106-123.
Kim, E., & Yoo, J. (2015). Conditional Cash Transfer in the Philippines: How to Overcome Institutional Constraints for Implementing Social Protection. Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, 2(1), 75-89.
Ortmann, S., & Thompson, M.C. (2014). China’s obsession with Singapore: learning authoritarian modernity. The Pacific Review, 27 (3), 433-455.
Romano, G.C. (forthcoming). Changing urban renewal policies in a Chinese city: policy transfer and policy learning under multiple hierarchies. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Saguin, K., & Howlett, M. (2019). Policy Transfer and Instrument Constituency: Explaining the Adoption of Conditional Cash Transfer in the Philippines. Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies.
Wedeen, L. (2002). Conceptualizing Culture: Possibilities for Political Science. American Political Science Review, 96 (4), 713-728.
Zhang, Y. (2016). Theory and Practice of Policy Transfer in a Changing China. Reading: Paths International Ltd.
Zhang, Y., & Marsh, D. (2016). Learning by doing: the case of administrative policy transfer in China. Policy Studies, 37 (1), 35-52.

Patrick Hassenteufel (University of Versailles Paris-Saclay, Printemps)
Ulrike Zeigermann (University of Magdeburg)
Main contact: patrick.hassenteufel@me.com

This panel aims to analyze translation processes in policy transfer processes and to explore the role of translators. Translation has developed into a popular concept in multiple disciplines. In political science, however, the concept of policy translation has emerged only recently as a new research question and analytical framework which adds to conventional approaches for studying policy transfer and diffusion. As such, the study of translation processes and the specific interactions of translators offers a new perspective to policy analysis and transfer, taking into account power struggles, the intercultural character of transfer processes and challenges related to the reformulation of policy ideas, designs and instruments.
Translation can be considered as a framework corresponding to four analytical displacements related to policy transfer studies. The first one is that a main attention is drawn to the national and local levels rather than to the international level. Therefore (second displacement), regarding the policy process, the approach grasps not only policy formulation (the key stage in policy transfer studies) but also policy decisions and the implementation of policy ideas, designs and instruments elaborated at other levels. Therefore translation can also be defined as a shift from an exportation perspective to an importation perspective. The third displacement is the attention given to the complexity of the policy process by focusing on actor’s interactions in a specific institutional and political context.Last, the translation framework corresponds to a move towards an actor-centered perspective taking into account the sociology of translators.
The panel is open to theoretical, empirical and methodological papers in order to deepen our understanding on the discursive, actor`s and institutional dimensions of translation processes. Potential research questions can focus on (but are not limited to) the following questions: What are the origins of the translation notion outside and inside political science? What are analytical and methodological approaches for studying translation processes? How can we characterize translation processes across different institutions, political systems and policy fields? What are similarities and differences?

Preliminary programme

Session 8.1
Politics of Translation of the Climate Adaptation Agenda in Brazil and Colombia Carolina
Milhorance | Fanny Howland | Eric Sabourin | Jean-François Le-Coq

A conceptual review of terminologies designating influential policy actors in global governance
Lara Gautier

The various lives of policy transfer. Iterations in the diffusion of Conditional Cash Transfers and Participatory Budgeting.
Michelle Morais de Sá e Silva, The University of Oklahoma | Osmany Porto de Oliveira, Universidade Federal de São Paulo

Session 8.2

Influence of ILO Conventions on the Historical Development of Maternity Protection Policy in the World from 1884 until 2018 
Keonhi Son

International secretariats as translators. The production of a “common language” on the state administration in the OECD-PUMA (Public management Directorate).

Michelle Morais de Sa e Silva (The University of Oklahoma)
Main contact: michelle.morais@ou.edu

The literature on policy diffusion has recently grown with a number of studies dedicated to examining the global mobility of policy models that aim to reduce poverty (Morais de Sa e Silva, 2017; Plech Garcia, 2018), to promote food security (Gyoeri, Miranda, Soares, 2016), to promote participatory budgeting (Porto de Oliveira, 2017), among others. This growing literature indicates that social policies have proven as fertile ground for the exchange and traveling of policy ideas, instruments, and discourses.

This panel will examine experiences of policy diffusion in the field of social policy, seeking to identify arenas, actors, and actions (Baker and Walker, 2019) that may be particular to the field. The panel will be especially dedicated to social policy diffusion within the Global South in order to explore the question: do South-South relations add new and different dynamics to policy diffusion processes?

Additionally, the panel will also open possibilities to explore the connections between social policy transfer and democracy. With the growing number of authoritarian and right-wing populist governments, what are the implications for social policy in general and for social policy diffusion in particular? How does democratic decline impact the social policy agenda and consequently the global drive for policy diffusion?

The panel welcomes case studies and encourages comparative and multipolicy studies.

Preliminary programme

Session 9
Streams of international norms incorporation: Analysis of the diffusion of policies to end violence against women in Maria da Penha Law process
ARAI, Claudia

Reconciling ideas? Universal Basic Income proposal as a boosting idea for cash transfers.
Leandro Teodoro Ferreira | Fernando José Gomes Freitas | Fábio Domingues Waltenberg | Roberta Mendes e Costa

The Crisis of Inequality in South Africa and Brazil: Making Sense of Transformative Social Policy

How do ‘alternative’ transport policies travel over space and time? Exploring the variegated transfer and circulation of fare-free public transport.
Wojciech Kębłowski

Ideas and Policy Change. An analysis of the redesign of Portuguese social benefits during the Adjustment Period
Maria Clara Oliveira


Baker, T. Walker, C. (2019). Public policy circulation: Arenas, agents, actions. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Gyoeri, Miranda, Soares (2016). Linking vulnerable smallholder farmers to school feeding programmes: the experience of PAA Africa. Policy in Focus, 13 (2).

Morais de Sa e Silva, M. (2017). Poverty reduction, education, and the global diffusion of conditional cash transfers. Palgrave Macmillan.

Plech Garcia, D. (2018). Difusão de conhecimento de políticas públicas no âmbito da cooperação internacional: como a governança e o fluxo de informações influenciaram na eficácia e na descontinuidade da Iniciativa Brasileira de Aprendizagem por um Mundo Sem Pobreza (WWP – World Without Poverty). Unpublished Masters Thesis. Brasilia: Escola Nacional de Administração Pública, 2018.

Porto de Oliveira, O. (2017). International policy diffusion and participatory budgeting: ambassadors of participation, international institutions and transnational networks. Palgrave Macmillan.

Gilles Pradeau (University of Westminster)
Main contact: g.pradeau@my.westminster.ac.uk

Participatory approaches have been associated with decentralized powers and development projects for a long time. New tools have appeared at the national and regional scale, addressing issues such as abortion (citizens’ assembly in Ireland) or climate change (in France), investment priorities (national participatory budgeting in South Korea, Portugal, state participatory budgeting in Brazil and in Russia). Other tools are less recent such as the national policy conferences (in Brazil). Such practices travel across the world and are adopted to different political contexts, even in authoritarian regimes. On the other hand, there was scepticism about the possibility of scaling up participation, where political elites tend to be well-established and distance may dwindle the perception of decisions at stake. In this context, the degree of transferability of these participatory mechanisms may sometimes be up for debate. They may be seen as flexible tools able to renew legitimacy of decision-making but they could also be considered as institutionally inadequate. How to explain new dynamics of municipal “best-sellers of participation” being used at a greater scale (regional, state or national level)? How effective are participatory institutions when they are built via national legislation, constitutional norms and other top-down incentives? How do some local elites manage to promote and transpose participatory policies in higher levels of government? Why some tools fail to be adopted at a wider scale while others succeed? In this panel we expect to receive cutting-edge researches drawing on case studies and comparative analysis addressing these questions, in order to prepare a special issue.

Avritzer, L. and Ramos, A. (2016). “Democracia, escala y participación. Reflexiones desde las instituciones participativas brasileñas”. Revista Internacional de Sociología 74(3):e040. (doi:10.3989/ris.2016.74.3.040)
Bherer, L., Gauthier M., & Simard L. (2017). The Professionalization of Public Participation. London: Taylor and Francis.
McNulty, S. (2019). Democracy from Above? The Unfulfilled Promise of Nationally Mandated Participatory Reforms, Stanford University Press.
Pogrebinschi, T. (2013). « The Squared Circle of Participatory Democracy: Scaling up Deliberation to the National Level ». Critical Policy Studies, 7 (3), 219-41. (doi:10.1080/19460171.2013.805156).
Porto de Oliveira, O. (2017), International Policy Diffusion and Participatory Budgeting, Palgrave.
Spada, P. and Ryan, M. (2017) The failure to examine failures in democratic innovations. PS: Political Science & Politics, 50 (3), 772-778. (doi:10.1017/s1049096517000579).

Magdaléna Hadjiisky (Université de Strasbourg)
David Dolowitz (University of Liverpool – TBC)
Rianne Mahon (Wilfrid Laurier University – TBC)
Main contact: mhadjiisky@unistra.fr

The growing and multi-faceted role IOs play in policy transfer processes has been rightly highlighted in the literature (Ambrus et alii, 2014; Barnett, Finnemore, 2004, p.21, 33; Biermann F. and Siebenhüner, 2009; Broome et alii, 2018; Dolowitz, Marsh, 2000, p.11; Pal, 2012). The aim of this panel is to examine to what extend and with what consequences the growing role of IOs in policy transfer processes relates to the power and legitimacy gained by economic and financial IOs. IOs like the World Bank (WB), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) or the World Trade Organization (WTO), whose mandates are primarily concerned with economic policies, have, since their outset, broadened their competencies beyond their initial domains.
What difference does make the participation of economic IOs to policy transfer processes? What are the effects of the extension of the activities of economic IOs into policy domains in which market efficiency and monetary profit were not initially the main driving forces? How does this affect the international networks of professionals and experts generally associated with transnational policy transfers in the policy domain in question? Conversely, does this relatively new broadening of their interests (and responsibilities) alter economic IOs themselves?
To answer these questions, our panel will go beyond the image of uniformity given by the legal definition of ‘IOs’: -by focusing on one type of international organisations (and rejecting the tendency to treat “IOs” all together), -by approaching them as social spaces, whose actors and activities require in-depth empirical analysis and –by considering that IOs don’t work in isolation and rely on the arenas, partners and networks in which they are involved and which contribute to their power.
The panel welcomes empirically grounded case studies dealing with policy transfers in which economic IOs are involved. It will be structured around three series of questionings nourished by the literature:
-Does the implication of economic IOs lead to a progressive commodification of the policy domains in which they intervene? Does the legitimization of the economic IO’s expertise into new (non-economic) policy domains favour the adoption of economised frames to interpret the ‘problems’ and the ‘solutions’ in the diverse policy domains concerned (Erkkila and Piironen, 2014; Djelic and Sahlin-Andersson, 2006)? And, linked to this phenomenon, do these organisations enter in competition with other organisations (like sectoral UN organisations or national aid agencies) and with what consequence?

-Does the nature of internationally diffused economic expertise conform to the ‘governing by numbers’ hypothesis (Broome, Quirk, 2015; Davis et al, 2012)? The argument assumes that economic IOs are standardizers to a greater extent than others because of the dominance of mathematic models in modern economics (Dezalay, Garth, 1998; Woods, 2006, 53-54).
-Underneath the apparently broad ideology consensus, are economic IOs so similar to each other or are they separated by debates and divergences? The notion of “economic IOs” can indeed unify different realities artificially. Some economic IOs, that share the same global liberal frame, develop contrasting recommendations on the same policy question (Mahon, 2010). Sometimes, these divergences cross these organisations from the inside, especially when their agents work on the ground with (and within) partner or beneficiary countries (Fontdevila and Verger, forthcoming, 2020). The panel will refine the category of “economic IOs” by characterizing more precisely the activities, methods, resources and partnerships of the different types of economic institutions involved in policy transfers.

Ambrus M., Arts K., Hey H., Raulus H. (2014), The Role of ‘Experts’ in International and European Decision Making: Advisors, Decision Makers or Irrelevant?, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Barnett, M.N. and Finnemore, M.G. (1999), ‘The Politics, Power, and Pathologies of International Organizations’, International Organization, 53 (4), 699-732. Barnett, M.N., Finnmore, M.G. ed. (2004), Rules for the World: International Organizations in Global Politics, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Bierman, F. and Siebenhüner, B. (eds.) (2009), Managers of Global Change. The Influence of International Environmental Bureaucracies, Cambridge and London: The MIT Press. Broome, A, Homolar, A., Kranke, M. (2018), ‘Bad science: International organizations and the indirect power of global benchmarking’, European Journal of International Relations, 24 (3), 514-539.
Broome, A., Quirk, J. (2015), ‘The politics of numbers: the normative agendas of global benchmarking’, Special Issue ‘The politics of numbers’, Review of international studies, 41 (5), 813-818.
Davis, K. E., Kingsbury, B. and Engle Merry, S. (2012), ‘Indicators as a Technology of Global Governance’, Law & Society Review, 46 (1), 71-104.
Dezalay Y. and Garth B. (1998), ‘Le « Washington consensus ». Contribution à une sociologie de l’hégémonie du néolibéralisme’, Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, March, 3-22.
Djelic, M.-L., Sahlin-Andersson, K. (2006), Transnational governance. Institutionnal Dynamics of Regulation, New-York: Cambridge University Press.
Dolowitz, D. P. and Marsh, D. (2000), ‘Learning from abroad: the role of policy transfer in contemporary policy-making’, Governance, 13 (1), 5-23.
Erkkilä T. and Piironen O. (2014), “(De)politicizing good governance: the World Bank Institute, the OECD and the politics of governance indicators”, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 27 (4), 344-360
Mahon, R. (2010), ‘After Neo-Liberalism? The OECD, the World Bank and the Child’, Global Social Policy, 10 (2), 172–192
Mahon R., McBride S. (eds.) (2008), The OECD and transnational governance, Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press.
Pal L. A. (2012), Frontiers of Governance: The OECD and Global Public Management Reform, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Pollitt C., Bouckaert, G. (2000 [2004]), Public Management Reform: a Comparative Analysis, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Serré M. and Pierru F. (2001), ‘Les organisations internationales et la production d’un sens commun réformateur de la politique de protection maladie’, Lien social et Politiques, 45, 105-128
Woods, N. (2006), The Globalizers: The IMF, the World Bank, and Their Borrowers, Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press.

Camila Saraiva (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)

Main contact: lacamisaraiva@gmail.com 

This session aims to explore how geographies of power (Herod and Wright, 2002) relates to urban policy mobilities, by examining how micro and macro dynamics of policy transfer (Hadjiisky, Pal and Walker, 2017) are interconnected with urbanisation processes and the making of cities (Robinson, 2018, p. 227). Power issues, alliances, conflicts, and contestations are still overlooked in policy transfer literature, more attentive to positive and successful examples of diffusion (Porto de Oliveira and Pal, 2018, p. 211).

We look forward to receiving contributions that emphasise a geopolitical understanding of urban policy transfer by regarding:
1) How does the urban struggles embodied in the construction and representation of the city (Hulbert, 2009; McCann, 2017) relate to the export, travel or import of ideas and practices?
2) How does the ‘complex scalar hierarchies of the territories’ (Bénit-Gbaffou, Didier and Peyroux, 2012, p. 883) impact on the circulation of models, ideas, and practices?
3) How does belonging to the ‘geopolitical North’ or the ‘geopolitical South’ (Milani et al., 2017, pp. 593–594) delineate power relations in epistemic communities?

Preliminary programme

Session 12.1
Under urban resilience models: New or strengthened hegemonies hidden by sustainable discourses rules?
Juliette Marin

Governance for fragmented cities: Policy diffusions on metropolitan areas management in Latin America
Diego Silva Ardila

Urban policy transfer and power relations: What does the construction of Brazilian ideas and practices as references say about the geopolitics of urban diplomacy?
Roberta Sakai

Urban Security Initiatives: Militarization, Human Security, and Policy Diffusion Stacey
L Hunt

Public policies to address impacts of Uber and Airbnb platforms in Portugal
Holz, Sheila | Oliveira Filho, João Telmo | Allegretti, Giovanni

Session 12.2
Transfer, diffusion and circulation of public housing policies in Cape Verde: “Programa Casa para Todos – Habitar CV”
Ana Mafalda Rodrigues | Giovanni Allegretti

Slum Upgrading geopolitics: urban policy-making and international relations in São Paulo
Camila Saraiva

In between the Local and the National: Scaling up Participatory Policies in Brazilian States
Carla Bezerra

Ulriksen, Constanza

From the favela to the world? The floundered attempts to forge a Southern based consensus over slum upgrading in the IBSA Human Settlements Working Group
Julia Bittencourt


Bénit-Gbaffou, C., Didier, S. and Peyroux, E. (2012) ‘Circulation of Security Models in Southern African Cities: Between Neoliberal Encroachment and Local Power Dynamics’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd (10.1111), 36(5), pp. 877–889. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2012.01134.x.
Hadjiisky, M., Pal, L. A. and Walker, C. (2017) Public policy transfer: Micro-dynamics and macro-effects. Edited by M. Hadjiisky, L. A. Pal, and C. Walker. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Inc.
Herod, A. and Wright, M. W. (eds) (2002) Geographies of power: Placing scale. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers Ltd. doi: 10.1002/9780470773406.
Hulbert, F. (2009) ‘L’espace politique de la ville : plaidoyer pour une géopolitique urbaine’, L’Espace Politique. Département de géographie de l’université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, (8). doi: 10.4000/espacepolitique.1330.
McCann, E. (2017) ‘Mobilities, politics, and the future: Critical geographies of green urbanism’, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 49(8), pp. 1816–1823. doi: 10.1177/0308518X17708876.
Milani, C. R. S. et al. (2017) ‘Brazil’s foreign policy and the “graduation dilemma”’, International Affairs, 93, pp. 585–605. doi: 10.1093/ia/iix078.
Porto de Oliveira, O. and Pal, L. A. (2018) ‘New frontiers and directions in policy transfer, diffusion and circulation research: Agents, spaces, resistance, and translations’, Revista de Administração Pública. Fundação Getulio Vargas, 52(2), pp. 199–220. doi: 10.1590/0034-761220180078.
Robinson, J. (2018) ‘Policy mobilities as comparison: urbanization processes, repeated instances, topologies’, Revista de Administração Pública. Fundação Getulio Vargas, 52(2), pp. 221–243. doi: 10.1590/0034-761220180126.

Melissa Pomeroy (Articulação Sul)
Juliana Costa (Federal University of São Paulo/Articulação Sul)

The role of international organizations in policy transfer have been widely addressed (Dolowitz, Marsh, 2000; Barnett, Finnemore, 2004; Ovodenko, Keohane, 2012; Pal, 2012) and this topic is also being discussed in studies related to south-south cooperation (SSC) mediated by multilateral institutions (Jules, Sá e Silva, 2008; Milhorance, 2013; Constantine, Shankland, 2017; Milhorance,  F Soule-Kohndou, 2017; Santos, 2013; Santos e Euzebio, 2018).

Building upon the contributions of these studies, this panel seeks to understand and debate policy transfer in Triangular South-South Cooperation (TSSC) from a critical perspective (Cox, 1981; Bergamaschi, Tickner, 2017), based on the so-called Southern epistemologies (Mignolo, 2000; Lander, 2005; Said, 2007; Santos, Meneses , 2010; Morin, 2011), taking into account the diversity of Global South that has increasingly became a provider of public policies reordering the international system of Development Cooperation (Mawdsley, 2012).

We seek contributions to think about new references to theories from South and the practice of South-South cooperation that take into account new categories that are not conditioned to hegemonic power structures of international cooperation implemented by North, but are forged from alternative concepts that come close to contexts and historical statistics and local collective policies. These papers must consider inequalities, differences in class, race, ethnicity and gender, asymmetries between center and periphery, between countries and regions in the international system, focusing on the notion of individual well-being, in line with Bandung’s founders.

Our goal, therefore, is to discuss CTSS practice considering the following questions (Carrasco-Miró, 2018):

To what extent policy diffusion – through TSSC – is capable, or not, to prevent old and new forms of imperialism and colonialism?

TSSC is really creating genuine alliances and solidarity between societies for the benefit of the poorest and most vulnerable in society or just benefiting Southern and Northern elites and corporations?

How to address, through SSTC, deeper structural problems, without ignoring the colonial, gendered, historical, economic, and social roots of these problems?

Preliminary programme

Session 13.1
Brazilian Cooperation in Africa: Portuguese-Speaking African Countries and the Cooperation Projects Diffusion (1995-2014) David Beltrão Simons Tavares de Albuquerque

Brazil’s Development Cooperation with Africa: Is There any Solidarity Left? 

Hazal Melike Çoban

Overlapping agency in the security sector reform of Haiti? An analysis of key actors and processes 

João Fernando Finazzi

13.2 Reorientations in Brazilian foreign policy (2016-2019) and their impacts on the diffusion of social policies 

André Pimentel Ferreira Leão

Alternative development or Augmented Washington Consensus? An analysis of the development strategies of Germany and the European Union 

George Mardini

The Brazilian International Development Cooperation as a Foreign Policy Instrument: the Political Economy of Brazilian Technical Cooperation 

Laerte Apolinário Júnior

The order in “balance”: an analysis of the relationship between development, international cooperation and the climate change agenda in Brazil 

Leonildes Nazar Chaves


BARNETT, M; FINNEMORE, M. (2004) Rules for the World: International Organizations in Global Politics. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

BERGAMASCHI, I.; TICKNER, A. (2017) “Introduction: South-South Cooperation Beyond the Myths – A Critical Analysis”. In: BERGAMASCHI, I.; MOORE, P.; THICKNER. A. (eds.) (2017). South-South Cooperation Beyond Myths. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

CARRASCO-MIRÓ, G. (2018). “Trilateral South-South Cooperation for development: towards a decolonization of solidarity.” Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internationals, n. 120.

CONSTANTINE, J.; SHANKLAND, A. (2017) “Da transferência de políticas ao aprendizado mútuo?” Novos Estudos Cebrap, v. 36, n. 1.

COX, R. (1981) “Social Forces, State and World Orders: Beyond International Relations Theory”. Millenium: Journal of International Studies, v. 10, n. 2.

DOLOWITZ, D.; MARSH, D. “Learning from abroad: The Role of Policy Transfer in Contemporary Policy -Making”. Governance, v. 13, n. 1, 2000.

ESCOBAR, Arturo. Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World. 2ª Edição. Princeton University Press, Nova Jersey, 2012.

JULES, T. D.; SÁ e SILVA, M. de. (2008) “How Different Disciplines have Approached South-South Cooperation and Transfer”. Society for International Education Journal, V. 5, n. 1.

LANDER, E. (org.) (2005) A Colonialidade do saber: eurocentrismo e ciências sociais, perspectivas latino-americanas. Colección Sur-Sur. Buenos Aires: Clacso.

MAWDSLEY, E. (2012). The changing geographies of foreign aid and development cooperation: Contributions from gift theory. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, v. 37.

MILHORANCE, C. (2013). “A política de cooperação do Brasil com a África Subsaariana no setor rural: transferência e inovação na difusão de políticas públicas”. Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional, V. 56, n. 2.

_____________; SOULE-KOHNDOU, F. (2017). “South-South Cooperation and Change in International Organizations”. Global Governance, v. 23, n. 3.

MIGNOLO, W. (2000). Local histories/global designs. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Press.

MORIN, E. (2011) “Para um pensamento do sul.” In: Para um pensamento do sul: diálogos com Edgar Morin. Rio de Janeiro: SESC, Dep. Nacional.

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Organizer: Juliana Costa (Unifesp/Asul)

Main Contact: julianacosta@uol.com.br

Preliminary Programme

Session 14.1

Digital platforms for South-South cooperation: WWP knowledge translation of Brazilian social policies
Rodrigo Pires de Campos / Marianna Rios Franco

Assynchronicity of the Climate Change Regime
Douglas de Castro

Between Growth and Protection The Limits of Multilateral Development Banks in Hindering Carbon Emissions
Vinicius Guilherme Rodrigues Vieira | Anastassia V. Obydenkova

Session 14.2

Democracy Diffusion through Laws: A Case Study on the UN Peacebuilding Commission
Karin Esposito

Southern African Development Community (SADC): Regional Integration and Development
Kelly Cristine Oliveira Meiras

The United Nations and the mainstreaming of South-South Cooperation in policy transfer and development cooperation
Patrícia Nogueira Rinaldi

Regulatory Governance and Agencies’ Human Resources Policies: A Comparative Analysis
Shashwat Kumar | Jacint Jordana


Michelle Morais de Sá e Silva (The University of Oklahoma)
Osmany Porto de Oliveira (Federal University of São Paulo)

Preliminary Programme

Session 15
Affirmative action for Brazilian graduate education and the diffusion of models among schools
Anna Carolina Venturini

Time for the Parliament? The diffusion of the Mandatory Budget for parliamentary amendments in the Brazilian states.
Júlia Alves Marinho Rodrigues | Bárbara Maia Lima Madeira Pontes

Countering International Terrorism Financing: the case of Brazil
Mariana Bernussi

How does the circulation of actors and ideas contribute to policy design and implementation? An analysis of Brazil’s Social Assistance System and Bolsa Família Program
Renata Mirandola Bichir | Maria Clara Oliveira | Kellen Gutierres

Organizers: Cecilia Osorio Gonnet

Main contact: cosorio@uahurtado.cl 

Preliminary Programme

Session 16
Determinants of Elite Support for Drug Legalization in Latin America
Asbel Bohigues | Xavier Fernández-i-Marín

Global Health and Regional Integration: policy diffusion within the South American response to the Zika virus Emergency
Flávia Thedim Costa Bueno

Taxing The Rich And The Powerful: A Comparative Exercise Based On Policies To Combat Tax Evasion In Three Latin American Countries
Florencia Lorenzo

Making Cities Plan: The Case of Mexico in Latin America’s Urban Planning “Evolution”
Paavo Monkkonen and Paloma Giottonini

Internationalization of Public Policies: an analysis of the transference of the Conditional Cash Transfer Program from Brazil to Peru (JUNTOS)
Beatriz Sanchez

Circulation of public policies in Colombia during the international sanitary emergency on Zika congenital syndrome
Camila Correa da Costa

Public Policy Diffusion: An analysis of conditioned income transfer programs from Brazil and the Dominican Republic.
Derick Ruas

Internalization of Public Polices: Analysis of the transfer of Nutritional Food Security from Brazil to Peru.
Giovanna Vaz

Policy diffusion in the field of Nutritional Food Security: a study case on Brazil and Uruguay
Júlia Bernardes R. Batista

Land Value Capture in Porto Alegre: public policy formulation in light of policy diffusion
Marcela Ávila

Food and Nutrition Security in Dominican Republic
Mariana Caruso Capella

DateTime (GMT)Panel
Jan/2716:00 - 18:00 GMTRountable: Teaching and Researching Policy Diffusion in Latin America
Jan/2819:00 - 21:00 GMTPanel 16: Latin America And Policy Diffusion
Feb/0217:00 - 19:00 GMTPanel 14.1: International Organizations And Development Cooperation
Feb/0314:00 - 16:00 GMTPoster Session And Award
Feb/0410:00 - 12:00 GMTPanel 2: Small States, Skilled Diplomacy And Policy Transfer
Feb/0413:00 - 15:00 GMTPanel 13.1: Triangular Cooperation And Policy Transfer
Feb/0514:00 - 16:00 GMTPanel 6.1: Beyond Coercion, Emulation, Competition And Learning: The Frontiers Of Causal Mechanisms In Research On Social Policy Diffusion
Feb/0516:00 - 18:00 GMTPanel 8.1: Policy Translation And Translators
Feb/0518:00 - 20:00 GMTPanel 8.2: Policy Translation And Translators
Feb/0917:00 - 19:00 GMTPanel 14:.2 International Organizations And Development Cooperation
Feb/1111:00 - 13:00 GMTPanel 3.1: Capacity To Transfer: The Role Of Individuals, Organizations And Systems On The Adoption And Internationalization Of Public Policies
Feb/1113:30 - 15:30 GMTPanel 3.2: Capacity To Transfer: The Role Of Individuals, Organizations And Systems On The Adoption And Internationalization Of Public Policies
Feb/1122:00 - 00:00 GMTPanel 3.3: Capacity To Transfer: The Role Of Individuals, Organizations And Systems On The Adoption And Internationalization Of Public Policies
Feb/1214:00 - 16:00 GMTPanel 6.2: Beyond Coercion, Emulation, Competition And Learning: The Frontiers Of Causal Mechanisms In Research On Social Policy Diffusion
Feb/1819:00 - 21:00 GMTPanel 5.1: Policy Transfer And Social Network Analysis
Feb/1916:00 - 18:00 GMTPanel 9: Social Policy Diffusion
Feb/1918:30 - 20:30 GMTPanel 15: Brazil And Policy Diffusion
Feb/2513:00 - 15:00 GMTPanel 13.2: Triangular Cooperation And Policy Transfer
Feb/2519:00 - 21:00 GMTPanel 5.2: Policy Transfer And Social Network Analysis
Mar/0409:00 - 11:00 GMTPanel 7.1: Policy Diffusion And Policy Transfers In East Asia: New Unexplored Patterns?
Mar/1111:00 - 13:00 GMTPanel 7.2: Policy Diffusion And Policy Transfers In East Asia: New Unexplored Patterns?
Mar/1612:00 - 14:00 GMTPanel 12: Geopolitics Of Urban Policy Transfer
Mar/1813:00 - 15:00 GMTPanel 4: Southern Agency Unpacked: Exploring The Mechanisms And Effects Of Policy Diffusion In The Security Domain
Mar/2216:30 - 17:00 GMTConference Closing
Mar/2217:00 - 19:00 GMTConcluding Plenary

International Conference on Policy Diffusion and Development Cooperation 2020

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List of emerging/developing economies Countries1




American Samoa 


Antigua and Barbuda 











Bosnia and Herzegovina 




Burkina Faso 




Cape Verde 

Central African Republic 






Congo (Brazzaville) 

Congo (Kinshasa) 

Costa Rica 





Dominican Republic 



El Salvador 

Equatorial Guinea 





French Polynesia 


















Ivory Coast 





















Marshall Islands 














New Caledonia 




North Korea 




Palestinian Territory 


Papua New Guinea 








Saint Kitts and Nevis 

Saint Lucia 

Saint Vincent and the Grenadine 


Sao Tome and Principe 




Sierra Leone 


Solomon Islands 


South Africa 

South Sudan 

Sri Lanka 

St. Martin (French part) 











Trinidad and Tobago 















We adopt the International Political Science Association classification of emerging/developing countries: available in:  https://wc2020.ipsa.org/sites/default/files/page/WC2020/WC2020_Eligible%20Countries%20for%20Travel%20Grants.pdf




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Dolowitz, D. P., Plugaru, R., & Saurugger, S. (2019). The process of transfer: The micro-influences of power, time and learning. Public Policy and Administration, 0952076718822714.

Hadjiisky, M., Pal, L. A., & Walker, C. (2017). Public Policy Transfer: Micro-Dynamics and Macro-Effects. Edward Elgar.

Hassenteufel, P., Benamouzig, D., Minonzio, J., & Robelet, M. (2017). Policy Diffusion and Translation: The Case of Evidence-based Health Agencies in Europe. NOVOS ESTUDOS – CEBRAP, 36(01), 77–96.

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Milhorance, C. (2018). New Geographies of Global Policy-Making: South–South Networks and Rural Development Strategies. 245.

Osorio Gonnet, C. (2018). A Comparative Analysis of the Adoption of Conditional Cash Transfers Programs in Latin America. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 1–17.

Pal, L. A. (2012). Frontiers of Governance: The OECD and Global Public Management Reform. Palgrave McMillan.

Peck, J., & Theodore, N. (2015). Fast Policy: Experimental Statecraft at the Thresholds of Neoliberalism. University of Minesota Press.

Porto de Oliveira, O., & Pimenta de Faria, C. A. (2017). Research Traditions and the State of the Discipline in Brazil. Novos Estudos – CEBRAP, 36(01), 13–34.

Stone, D. (2008). Global Public Policy, Transnational Policy Communities, and Their Networks. Policy Studies Journal, 36(1), 19–38.

Stone, D. (2017). Understanding the transfer of policy failure: Bricolage, experimentalism and translation. Policy & Politics, 45(1), 55–70.

Stone, D., Porto de Oliveira, O., & Pal, L. A. (2019). Transnational policy transfer: The circulation of ideas, power and development models. Policy and Society, 1–18.

Wood, A. (2015). Multiple Temporalities of Policy Circulation: Gradual, Repetitive and Delayed Processes of BRT Adoption in South African Cities: MULTIPLE TEMPORALITIES OF POLICY CIRCULATION. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 39(3), 568–580.

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