Nedergaard, Peter (2006): Maximising policy learning in international committees: Lessons to be learned from the “hidden” committees of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Published in:
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In spite of their long history and extensive activities, the international committees of the Nordic Council of Ministers have not hitherto been subject to scholarly examination. This paper demonstrates that valuable lessons can be learned about policy learning in practise and theoretically by analysing the cooperation in the committees of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Using the Advocacy Coalition Framework as the starting point, fifteen hypotheses on policy learning are tested. Among other things, it is concluded that in order to maximise policy learning in international committees, committees should avoid fragmentation into coalitions, be open to public opinion, participants in committees should be driven by a sense of purpose rather that material interest, empirical data should be made available to committees, a neutral presidency should be present in order to act as an authoritative persuader, and neutral scientists should participate, although not necessarily scientists from consultancy firms.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Maximising policy learning in international committees: Lessons to be learned from the “hidden” committees of the Nordic Council of Ministers|
|Keywords:||Learning, Advocacy Coalition Framework, Nordic Council of Minister|
|Subjects:||F - International Economics > F0 - General|
|Depositing User:||Peter Nedergaard|
|Date Deposited:||01 Sep 2011 13:01|
|Last Modified:||14 Nov 2016 02:35|
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