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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Role of Ideas in Policy Transfer: The Case of UK Smoking Bans since Devolution
Author(s): Cairney, Paul
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Keywords: Devolution
multiple streams analysis
policy transfer
tobacco policy
Decentralization in government Great Britain
Issue Date: Apr-2009
Date Deposited: 24-Jul-2013
Citation: Cairney P (2009) The Role of Ideas in Policy Transfer: The Case of UK Smoking Bans since Devolution. Journal of European Public Policy, 16 (3), pp. 471-488.
Abstract: This article explores the relationship between ideas and interests in policy change by examining tobacco control in each country of the United Kingdom (UK). In all four, the moves towards further prohibition reflected international trends, with evidence of policy transfer and the virus-like spread of ideas which has shifted the way that tobacco is framed. However, there are notable differences in the development of policy in each territory. This reinforces conceptions of transfer in which the importation of policy is mediated by political systems. Differences in policy conditions, institutions and ‘windows of opportunity' mean that our conclusions on the role and influence of interest groups, institutions and agenda-setting vary by territory, even within a member state. This suggests that a focus on an ‘idea whose time has come' should be supplemented by careful analysis of the political context in which the idea was articulated and accepted.
DOI Link: 10.1080/13501760802684718
Rights: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of European Public Policy, Volume 16, Issue 3, 2009, pp.471-488, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:

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