There is little empirical evidence on whether the federal government teams from policy experimentation in the states, the "laboratories of democracy." Interviews with participants involved in formulating the federal Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities program offer evidence of limited policy learning from state enterprise zones. Respondents were aware of general trends and drew a few general conclusions, rather than borrowing from any particular state. None of the federal policymakers conducted an active search for information about the state zones, but state and federal organizations served as channels of information about the state programs. This finding suggests that such organizations assist state-federal diffusion as well as interstate diffusion of policy ideas.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||20|
|State||Published - 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science
- Public Administration