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The global travel of ideas

Research on the global travel of ideas scrutinises the processes through which ideas, concepts, ideologies, catchwords and codified policies circulate between countries as well as public and private organisations and networks. On the other hand, not all ideas travel equally well, and even the same ideas are adapted and modified in varying ways to local contexts. Moreover, some ideas are strongly resisted. Organisations may also enact models or principles but fail to implement them in practice, which results in the decoupling of means and goals or principles and practices. Transnational policy influences and ideas often pass through struggles and settlements between governmental and non-governmental organisations and their individual actors, and hence build a global space that is porous and hierarchical rather than unitary and equal. To have a better grasp of this dynamism, it is important to study how local and global forces enmesh in the transnational exchange of ideas. We need novel ways to approach the complex economic, political and cultural processes through which politics unfolds and policies are made.

 
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