State-federal diffusion and policy learning

From enterprise zones to empowerment zones

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

40 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-50
Number of pages20
JournalPublius
Volume29
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1999
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

federal state
empowerment
learning
Federal Government
evidence
democracy
trend
interview
community

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

Cite this

State-federal diffusion and policy learning : From enterprise zones to empowerment zones. / Mossberger, Karen.

In: Publius, Vol. 29, No. 3, 06.1999, p. 31-50.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{6db5007b53cd4a28994e4e6768f00c38,
title = "State-federal diffusion and policy learning: From enterprise zones to empowerment zones",
abstract = "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.",
author = "Karen Mossberger",
year = "1999",
month = "6",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "29",
pages = "31--50",
journal = "Publius",
issn = "0048-5950",
publisher = "Oxford University Press",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - State-federal diffusion and policy learning

T2 - From enterprise zones to empowerment zones

AU - Mossberger, Karen

PY - 1999/6

Y1 - 1999/6

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0040888674&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0040888674&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

VL - 29

SP - 31

EP - 50

JO - Publius

JF - Publius

SN - 0048-5950

IS - 3

ER -