On Waves, Clusters, and Diffusion: A Conceptual Framework

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Title: On Waves, Clusters, and Diffusion: A Conceptual Framework
Author: Simmons, Beth; Elkins, Zachary

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Citation: Elkins, Zachary, and Beth Simmons. 2005. On waves, clusters, and diffusion: A conceptual framework. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 598(1): 33-51.
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Abstract: This article makes a conceptual and theoretical contribution to the study of diffusion. The authors suggest that the concept of diffusion be reserved for processes (not outcomes) characterized by a certain uncoordinated interdependence. Theoretically, the authors identify the principal sources of clustered policy reforms. They then clarify the characteristics specific to diffusion mechanisms and introduce a categorization of such processes. In particular, they make a distinction between two types of diffusion: adaptation and learning. They argue that this categorization adds conceptual clarity and distinguishes mechanisms with distinct substantive consequences.
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0002716204272516
Other Sources: http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~bsimmons/ResearchPapers/Articles/PolicyDiffusion/index.html
Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3630582
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