Mapping the literature of 'policy transfer' and housing

Soaita, A. M. (2018) Mapping the literature of 'policy transfer' and housing. Working Paper. UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, Glasgow.

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This paper maps the intersection between the broad literature of ‘policy transfer’ – including policy diffusion, mobility and translation, lesson-drawing and fast policy – and the substantive field of housing in order to record temporal, spatial and thematic trends. Searches were performed in five databases and resulted in 845 references. By examining titles, keywords, abstracts and full-texts, this sample was reduced to a most relevant set of 137 references which have engaged deeply and conceptually with the six ‘policy transfer’s keywords and a set of 110 references where engagement was moderate. The analysis noted that ‘policy transfer’ and ‘policy diffusion’ precede the other concepts, the former being UK-dominant and the latter US-dominant. ‘Policy mobility’ brings the most recent and fastest growing body of literature, reflecting the ‘mobility turn’ in social sciences. The paper also reflects on some methodological challenges and their implications to the mapping output, such as linking aims to keywords and Boolean strings, database selection, broad versus narrow searches, inclusive versus selective reference types and coding for thematic subfields.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Working Paper)
Keywords:Policy analysis, policy transfer, mobility, mobilities, housing, housing policy.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Soaita, Dr Adriana Mihaela
Authors: Soaita, A. M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Publisher:UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence

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