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Policy Diffusion under Uncertainty -- Freedom-of-Access-to-Information Law among OECD countries

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Rather than simply showing the existence of structural effects, this paper models explicitly a behavioral framework to examine how individual characteristics interact with social networks during the diffusion of a public policy across countries. The model demonstrates a social learning process by considering four factors: the degree of domestic political competition, the benefit of new policy adoption, a changing policy environment, and lessons learned from experiences of other countries. By examining the timing of the adoption decisions made by each individual country, we depict the global diffusion of policies. We empirically test the model using data on the diffusion of Freedom-to-Access-Information (FAI) laws among OECD countries from 1949-2002 using a discrete time event history analysis (EHA). The empirical results support our theory and show that either high or low political competition, better female education, a more favorable adoption environment after 1991, and greater trade links with countries that adopt the policy tend to increase the hazard of adopting FAI laws at earlier dates.

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Policy Diffusion; Policy Adoption, Uncertainty; Learning; Network, Freedom-to-Access-Information (FAI); Event History Analysis (EHA).
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Lin, Fen. and Lin, Tun. "Policy Diffusion under Uncertainty -- Freedom-of-Access-to-Information Law among OECD countries" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, Aug 12, 2005 <Not Available>. 2017-10-09 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p21253_index.html>

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Lin, F. and Lin, T. , 2005-08-12 "Policy Diffusion under Uncertainty -- Freedom-of-Access-to-Information Law among OECD countries" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2017-10-09 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p21253_index.html

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Abstract: Rather than simply showing the existence of structural effects, this paper models explicitly a behavioral framework to examine how individual characteristics interact with social networks during the diffusion of a public policy across countries. The model demonstrates a social learning process by considering four factors: the degree of domestic political competition, the benefit of new policy adoption, a changing policy environment, and lessons learned from experiences of other countries. By examining the timing of the adoption decisions made by each individual country, we depict the global diffusion of policies. We empirically test the model using data on the diffusion of Freedom-to-Access-Information (FAI) laws among OECD countries from 1949-2002 using a discrete time event history analysis (EHA). The empirical results support our theory and show that either high or low political competition, better female education, a more favorable adoption environment after 1991, and greater trade links with countries that adopt the policy tend to increase the hazard of adopting FAI laws at earlier dates.


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