The Globalization of Liberalization: Policy Diffusion in the International Political Economy

  title={The Globalization of Liberalization: Policy Diffusion in the International Political Economy},
  author={Beth A. Simmons and Zachary Elkins},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={171 - 189}
One of the most important developments over the past three decades has been the spread of liberal economic ideas and policies throughout the world. These policies have affected the lives of millions of people, yet our most sophisticated political economy models do not adequately capture influences on these policy choices. Evidence suggests that the adoption of liberal economic practices is highly clustered both temporally and spatially. We hypothesize that this clustering might be due to… 
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