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Learning from second-hand experience: methodology for extrapolation-oriented case research

Barzelay, Michael ORCID: 0000-0003-3803-8947 (2007) Learning from second-hand experience: methodology for extrapolation-oriented case research. Governance, 20 (3). pp. 521-543. ISSN 0952-1895

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-0491.2007.00369.x


Critics of public management reform complain that governments copy legitimated foreign practices. Recent work by Eugene Bardach helps to explain why: neither government analysts nor academic researchers possess an adequate methodology to examine practices in source sites, with a view toward adaptation in target sites. Rather than complain, Bardach takes steps to develop such a methodology, drawing analogies with reverse engineering. This article offers specific guidance about how researchers can effectively investigate practices in source sites to prepare the ground for disciplined and ingenious extrapolation of practices from source to target sites. The resulting translation is illustrated by an extrapolation-oriented case study.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Divisions: Government
Public Policy Group
Centre for Analysis of Risk & Regulation
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2011 11:02
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 17:12

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