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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

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

Ove K. Pedersen

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691150314.003.0009

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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