Elite, exclusive and elusive: transgovernmental policy networks and iterative policy transfer in the Anglosphere

  title={Elite, exclusive and elusive: transgovernmental policy networks and iterative policy transfer in the Anglosphere},
  author={Tim Legrand},
  journal={Policy Studies},
  pages={440 - 455}
  • Tim Legrand
  • Published 22 June 2016
  • Political Science
  • Policy Studies
ABSTRACT The prominent corridor of bilateral policy transfer between Australia and the UK is underpinned by a long-standing cultural and political proximity. While ad hoc cases of transfer have in recent years been the subject to concerted attention from transfer theorists, much less attention has been given to the rise of multilateral, or transgovernmental, policy networks based on similar cultural and political amity amongst the ‘Anglosphere’ group of states including Australia, Canada, New… 

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