LEARNING FROM SUCCESS: ARE SUCCESSFUL GOVERNMENTS ROLE MODELS?
2015 (English)In: Public Administration, ISSN 0033-3298, E-ISSN 1467-9299, Vol. 93, no 3, 733-752 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Do local governments learn from their successful peers when designing public policies? In spite of extensive research on policy diffusion and learning, there is still a lack of studies on how success relates to learning patterns. We address this deficiency by examining which other governments local administrative units draw lessons from. More precisely, we investigate whether public managers learn from the experiences of local governments whose citizens are satisfied with government services. Using a large dyadic dataset on all Swedish municipalities from 2010, we find that senior public managers in local administrations learn from similar local governments and from neighbours. But we also find clear evidence that they learn from local governments whose citizens are pleased with local public services. This indicates that best practices are spread among local governments.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2015. Vol. 93, no 3, 733-752 p.
Learning, Local Policy, Sweden, diffusion, best practices
Research subject Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-264160DOI: 10.1111/padm.12162ISI: 000361223400011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-264160DiVA: diva2:859246
ProjectsWelfare Politics Between Expert Knowledge and Ignorance
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2008-0733