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Improving the Likelihood of Successful Policy Outcomes: A Theory of Policy Diffusion Policy Analysis

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The psychology of analogical reasoning, a specific form of causal thinking, provides an excellent model of the individual for a theory of policy diffusion. We extend this theory of policy diffusion to its next logical step: policy analysis and program evaluation. We expect that in situations where policy diffusion typically occurs, the nature of the analogy utilized to justify the diffusion of the policy should indicate the likelihood of policy success. In situations where analogies are backed by solid causal theory, the likelihood of success should be higher than for situations where analogy use is less sound. We empirically test this theory using the diffusion of eighteen different state renewable energy policies that were designed to encourage the construction of wind turbines. Our analysis reveals that the analogical reasoning that influenced the adoption of these policies was not always correctly associated with an important causal component – the availability of wind.

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Stoutenborough, James. and Oxley, Douglas. "Improving the Likelihood of Successful Policy Outcomes: A Theory of Policy Diffusion Policy Analysis" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Hotel InterContinental, New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan 12, 2012 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p544849_index.html>

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Stoutenborough, J. W. and Oxley, D. R. , 2012-01-12 "Improving the Likelihood of Successful Policy Outcomes: A Theory of Policy Diffusion Policy Analysis" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Hotel InterContinental, New Orleans, Louisiana Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p544849_index.html

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Abstract: The psychology of analogical reasoning, a specific form of causal thinking, provides an excellent model of the individual for a theory of policy diffusion. We extend this theory of policy diffusion to its next logical step: policy analysis and program evaluation. We expect that in situations where policy diffusion typically occurs, the nature of the analogy utilized to justify the diffusion of the policy should indicate the likelihood of policy success. In situations where analogies are backed by solid causal theory, the likelihood of success should be higher than for situations where analogy use is less sound. We empirically test this theory using the diffusion of eighteen different state renewable energy policies that were designed to encourage the construction of wind turbines. Our analysis reveals that the analogical reasoning that influenced the adoption of these policies was not always correctly associated with an important causal component – the availability of wind.


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