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Robin Hambleton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304975

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304975.001.0001

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International lesson drawing

International lesson drawing

(p.308) (p.309) Chapter 12 International lesson drawing
Leading the inclusive city

Robin Hambleton

Policy Press

This chapter presents ideas on how to improve cross-national, comparative research as well as international city-to-city learning and exchange. It starts out by examining the nature of comparative research and then sets out a new way of thinking about international exchange. This distinguishes three important sets of factors: ideological and political forces; ideas in good currency; and the agency exercised by place-based leaders. The notion of ‘best practice’ is strongly criticised and it is suggested that the notion should be discarded. A framework for international lesson drawing is presented. This distinguishes two kinds of policy transfer – informal and formal – and three content categories: technical measures; policy and practice; and governance change. The framework is intended to provide a useful way of mapping the terrain of international exchange, and to assist those involved in place-based leadership to develop a more purposeful approach to international lesson drawing.

Keywords:   sustainable development, best practice, city-to-city learning, international exchange, lesson drawing, policy learning

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