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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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Performing reform in South East Europe

Performing reform in South East Europe

consultancy, translation and flexible agency

Three (p.65) Performing reform in South East Europe
Making policy move

Paul Stubbs

Policy Press

Chapter 3 offers an auto-ethnographic reflection on social policy and child care reform efforts in Bosnia-Herzegovina and South East Europe, conceived as complex, multiple, liminal and fluid spaces. Exploring reform in so-called semi-peripheries, the chapter examines the ways in which, in a crowded playground, flexible actors including consultants may generate, occupy and transform new and emergent policy spaces. Their activities produce and reproduce a range of ambivalent effects in a continuum between opposition and acceptance and imitation and rejection, in keeping with the idea of the region’s ‘semi-otherness’. A policy translation perspective goes beyond policy transfer’s template of modernisation to explore the dynamic and contradictory nature of these processes. In tracing the nature of reform encounters, and exploring who is silenced and who is empowered to speak, the chapter explores the multiplication and reworking of diverse policy imaginaries between the universal and the particular, and between the political and the technical.

Keywords:   performing, policy spaces, modernisation, power, policy imaginaries, translation, auto-ethnography

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