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The Democratic Foundations of Policy Diffusion: How Health, Family, and Employment Laws Spread Across Countries

Katerina Linos


Why do law reforms spread around the world in waves? In the dominant account of diffusion through technocracy, international networks of elites develop orthodox policy solutions and transplant these across countries without regard for the wishes of ordinary citizens. But this account overlooks a critical factor: in democracies, reforms must win the support of politicians, voters, and interest groups. This book claims that laws spread across countries in very public and politicized ways, and develops a theory of diffusion through democracy. I argue that politicians choose to follow certain inte ... More

Keywords: diffusion, democracy, international organization, health, family, employment, international law, international norm, ilo, who

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199967865
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967865.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katerina Linos, author
University of California-Berkeley Law School