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Making policy moveTowards a politics of translation and assemblage$
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John Clarke, Dave Bainton, Noémi Lendvai, and Paul Stubbs

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447313366

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447313366.001.0001

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Moving policy studies

Moving policy studies

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Making policy move

John Clarke

Dave Bainton

Noémi Lendvai

Paul Stubbs

Policy Press

This book is concerned with policy movement, including the mobility of policy across borders and boundaries. When policy moves, it is always translated: that is, it is made to mean something in its new context. Policy is never a singular entity: it is put together – or assembled – from a variety of elements that are always in the process of being re-assembled in new, often surprising ways. This concern with movement, translation and assemblage is central to our challenging of more conventional views of policy mobility such as “policy transfer”, “policy diffusion” or “policy learning”. Our concern is with the limitations of what we see as a conventional and linear approach to the policy process that too readily treats policy as a finished object. Instead we will suggest that policy always involves practices of translation as policies are interpreted, enacted and assembled.

Keywords:   policy movement, translation, assemblage, power, becoming, borders, boundaries

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