‘Just describing is not enough’: Policy learning, transfer, and the limits of best practices

Mattocks, Kate (2017) ‘Just describing is not enough’: Policy learning, transfer, and the limits of best practices. Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society. ISSN 1063-2921 (Accepted for Publication)

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This article discusses the effectiveness of policy learning and exchange via best practices in cultural policy, using a case study of cross-national policy coordination in the European Union (EU). Though used frequently in the cultural field, particularly in a cross-national context, the understanding of the effectiveness and suitability of best practices as a method of sharing and exchange remains limited. The objective of this article is to critically examine the idea of best practices, looking at the processes of “producing” them as well as their subsequent use. It also offers six concrete lessons on how to best maximize the viability of best practices as a way of drawing lessons and transferring policies. The article fills a gap in the cultural policy literature by using well-developed theoretical frameworks from the discipline of public policy to examine the use best practices in the cultural field.

Item Type: Article
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History and Politics
Depositing User: Kate Mattocks
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2017 11:34
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 11:34
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2218

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