The International Diffusion of Politics and Policy

Does rational learning explain the diffusion of economic policies? What is policy convergence and what mechanisms cause it? Is it possible to measure and test learning? How does learning compare to other mechanisms of policy convergence such as coercion or bounded learning?


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