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Understanding the global dimensions of policy

Koenig-Archibugi, Mathias (2010) Understanding the global dimensions of policy. Global Policy, 1 (1). pp. 16-28. ISSN 1758-5880

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1758-5899.2009.00009.x

Abstract

Beyond wide agreement that many areas of contemporary policy making are unintelligible if processes that transcend the boundaries of individual states are not taken into account, analysts often disagree on how various 'global' and 'local' factors interact to produce policies and policy outcomes. The disagreement stems in part from the use of different analytic lenses, and specifically from the choice between 'state-centric' and 'polycentric' lenses. This article examines the fundamental assumptions of these general perspectives with regard to the polity, politics and policy dimensions of global policy making, and surveys some of the research questions and findings that resulted from their use. It concludes that scholars and policy makers should treat the two analytical lenses as complementary, as each of them stimulates the analyst to ask questions and look for entities and causal connections that the other lens may miss.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/1232618...
Additional Information: © 2010 London School of Economics and Political Science and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > LSE Global Governance
Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2010 10:39
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2010 09:36
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/28945

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