Policy Transfer in the Context of Multi-level Governance

  • Benjamin HawkinsEmail author
  • Chris Holden
  • Sophie Mackinder
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Public Health Policy Research book series (PSPHPR)


This chapter reviews the theoretical literature relating to the core concepts used in the study: multi-level governance and policy transfer. The evolution of the concept of policy transfer is traced through discussions of associated concepts such as policy diffusion, policy convergence, policy learning and lesson-drawing. It discusses the development of these ideas through the models of Dolowitz and Marsh, and Evans and Davies. Most importantly for this book, the chapter discusses developments in the literature that consider policy transfer beyond ‘methodological nationalism’—the assumption that policy transfer involves bilateral lesson-drawing between states—to focus on the roles of international organisations and non-state actors.


Multi-level governance Policy transfer Policy learning Corporations Tobacco control 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin Hawkins
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chris Holden
    • 2
  • Sophie Mackinder
    • 3
  1. 1.London School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineLondonUK
  2. 2.University of YorkYorkUK
  3. 3.Social Policy and Social WorkUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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