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Rethinking State Policy Diffusion: Examining the Role of Leaders and Laggards within Regional Diffusion

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State policy diffusion scholars often treat regional diffusion and leader-laggard diffusion as mutually exclusive. Indeed, diffusion scholars rarely discuss the possibility that either form of diffusion could equally explain the same phenomenon. Are these competing explanations actually mutually exclusive? This project extends the recent work of Stoutenborough and Beverlin (2008) to determine the relationship between leaders and laggards within set geographical regions. Theoretically, there is no reason to presume that a leader would not have a greater impact on states within a geographical region, particularly if that leader happens to be in a region with some sort of a body that provides regional oversight (e.g. EPA regions). Would this combination of leaders and oversight cause that region to adopt faster than they might otherwise? If leader-laggard diffusion is taking place within our regions, can we create a hybrid diffusion model that can reflect the simultaneous influence of these factors? Preliminary evidence suggests that these concepts are not mutually exclusive, and that a hybrid diffusion model can provide a stronger explanation than either regional or leader-laggard diffusion.
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Name: Midwest Political Science Association 67th Annual National Conference
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Stoutenborough, James. and Beverlin, Matthew. "Rethinking State Policy Diffusion: Examining the Role of Leaders and Laggards within Regional Diffusion" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association 67th Annual National Conference, The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL, <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p362808_index.html>

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Stoutenborough, J. W. and Beverlin, M. "Rethinking State Policy Diffusion: Examining the Role of Leaders and Laggards within Regional Diffusion" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association 67th Annual National Conference, The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p362808_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: State policy diffusion scholars often treat regional diffusion and leader-laggard diffusion as mutually exclusive. Indeed, diffusion scholars rarely discuss the possibility that either form of diffusion could equally explain the same phenomenon. Are these competing explanations actually mutually exclusive? This project extends the recent work of Stoutenborough and Beverlin (2008) to determine the relationship between leaders and laggards within set geographical regions. Theoretically, there is no reason to presume that a leader would not have a greater impact on states within a geographical region, particularly if that leader happens to be in a region with some sort of a body that provides regional oversight (e.g. EPA regions). Would this combination of leaders and oversight cause that region to adopt faster than they might otherwise? If leader-laggard diffusion is taking place within our regions, can we create a hybrid diffusion model that can reflect the simultaneous influence of these factors? Preliminary evidence suggests that these concepts are not mutually exclusive, and that a hybrid diffusion model can provide a stronger explanation than either regional or leader-laggard diffusion.


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