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Knowledge in policyEmbodied, inscribed, enacted$
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Richard Freeman and Steve Sturdy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447309987

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447309987.001.0001

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Knowledge interests

Knowledge interests

promoting and resisting change in mental health in Hungary

(p.143) EIGHT Knowledge interests
Knowledge in policy

Bori Fernezelyi

Gábor Eröss

Policy Press

This chapter attempts to integrate the theory of international policy transfer and of the different phases of knowledge through a case study of WHO's mental health policy in Hungary. Identified as an indirect coercive policy transfer, the process began with a symbolic enactment, followed by the production of transferable inscriptions in the form of local translations. The chapter shows how domestic interests influenced the process of policy transfer, consolidating the original embodied knowledge of a dominant group. It suggests that real policy change is a function of change or otherwise in the embodied knowledge of key actors.

Keywords:   knowledge, policy transfer, domestic interests in policy, mental health, WHO, World Health Organization, Hungary

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