Policy Diffusion in Latin America

  • Cecilia Osorio GonnetEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_2712-2


Studies about public policy diffusion address questions about political change. Among these we can find: Why different governments adopt the same type of policy? Why others do not do it? Why some innovations in policy are scattered and concentrated in a given territory? What explains the speed of a policy diffusion process? (Coêlho 2016). To answer these questions, it is assumed that the information about new policies or institutions is communicated by the members of a social system in an uncoordinated way, and where the first adoptions of an innovation affects the chances of doing so by those who have not applied it (Rogers 2004).

From the 1960s onwards, the contributions of innovation diffusion studies – such as those of Rogers (2004) – began to be applied to the field of public policy. The objective is to explain policy-making processes where several different actors formulate and design similar policies, assuming that this process is not explained exclusively by...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad Alberto HurtadoSantiagoChile