By Andrew Karch
"Observers have lengthy marveled on the unfold of principles and guidelines from nation to nation in American democracy. yet why and the way do politicians, execs, and voters in a single nation take suggestion from nationwide coverage debates and imitate, face up to, and remodel legislative versions from different states? For the 1st time during this vital new publication, Andrew Karch analyzes extensive the method of coverage 'diffusion' around the states, supplying a nuanced and strong framework to provide an explanation for the most vital and recurrent beneficial properties of U.S. politics."
---Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of presidency and Sociology, Harvard University
"Karch does issues with outstanding ability. First, he is smart of the copious literature on coverage diffusion and extends that literature in a truly fruitful approach. moment, he conducts the main thorough and methodologically sound empirical learn of coverage diffusion thus far, utilizing either qualitative and quantitative research. This publication is so good written and considerate that it'll most likely stimulate a complete new wave of research of country coverage and its diffusion."
---Chris Mooney, editor of State Politics and coverage Quarterly
"Democratic Laboratories is going past general 'diffusion of innovation' methods to research the complicated interplay of interstate and intrastate political forces that shapes coverage change. The e-book is an incredible contribution to the learn of yank federalism---and a great read."
---Kent Weaver, Brookings Institution
---Virginia grey, collage of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"Democratic Laboratories is the seminal paintings on coverage diffusion one of the American states. carefully designed and good written, it's the new beginning for an individual drawn to this significant subject. The findings are copious and loaded with insights into the way forward for this worthy research."
---Harrell Rodgers, Professor and Chair, division of Political technology, college of Houston
Andrew Karch is Assistant Professor of presidency on the collage of Texas at Austin.
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