Title

Political Transition, Policy Learning and Failures to Learn: A Global South Perspective.

Author's Department

Public Policy & Administration Department

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http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/8561964712

All Authors

Charles Wharton Kaye-Essien

Document Type

Research Article

Publication Title

International Development Planning Review

Publication Date

1-1-2019

doi

https://doi.org/10.3828/idpr.2019.24

Abstract

This paper examines how political transition influences policy learning and change from a developing country perspective. Using the policy learning literature as an organising frame, the paper attempts to answer four related questions: Is political transition associated with any form of policy learning? If so, what is learnt? Who are the learners and in what instances do policy actors fail to learn? To answer these questions, the paper uses mixed methods comprising semi-structured interviews with policymakers and analyses of data from five medium-term policy documents in Ghana. Results from the study indeed suggest that governments learn from their predecessors and pursue incremental policy making practices. Findings also suggested that while state agencies learn from policy instruments over time, such efforts are often hampered by financial and human resource incapacities

First Page

165

Last Page

189

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