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The National Origins of Policy IdeasKnowledge Regimes in the United States, France, Germany, and Denmark$
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John L. Campbell and Ove K. Pedersen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691150314

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691150314.001.0001

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Summing Up and Normative Implications

Summing Up and Normative Implications

(p.325) Chapter 8 Summing Up and Normative Implications
The National Origins of Policy Ideas

John L. Campbell

Ove K. Pedersen

Princeton University Press

This chapter briefly reviews this book's main findings and reflects on a normative question: Which knowledge regime is best? It argues that each of the four knowledge regimes studied here has certain advantages and disadvantages. There is no one “best” way to organize a knowledge regime. The chapter compliments the heterogeneity of ideas produced in the U.S. knowledge regime; the self-critical attitude in France where policymakers spotted and then tried to remedy an excessively insulated and myopic knowledge regime; the comparatively uniform and high level of analytic sophistication of the German knowledge regime; and the nonideological and inclusive nature of the Danish knowledge regime as well as its increased emphasis on analytical sophistication. The more a knowledge regime exhibits all of these positive characteristics the better it will be for policymakers and everyone else.

Keywords:   knowledge regimes, U.S. knowledge, French knowledge, German knowledge, Danish knowledge, analytical sophistication

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