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This chapter provides a brief summary of the text, setting out how scholars of comparative economic, welfare, health, education and environmental policy have understood both domestic and international influences on policy-making, and the different tools that have been adopted by policy-makers. After this summary, the chapter sets out some key questions for students to consider as they develop their skills in undertaking comparative public policy research. There are many different ways to approach the comparative examination of public policies. This book separated influential approaches into those which stress the role of domestic interests, ideas and institutions, respectively.
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Reeves, W.P. (1969) State Experiments in Australia and New Zealand (South Melbourne, Australia: Macmillan of Australia).
Twain, M. (1869) The Innocents Abroad, or, The New Pilgrims’ Progress (Hartford, CT: American Publishing Company, accessed via the University of Virginia’s Mark Twain online archive).
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