Fast Policy: Experimental Statecraft at the Thresholds of by Jamie Peck, Nik Theodore

By Jamie Peck, Nik Theodore

We inhabit a forever accelerating and more and more interconnected global, with new principles, fads, and models relocating at social-media pace. New coverage rules, in particular “ideas that work,” are actually capable of finding not just a world viewers but in addition transnational salience in remarkably brief order.

Fast Policy is the 1st systematic therapy of this phenomenon, one who compares methods of coverage improvement throughout speedily relocating fields that emerged within the worldwide South and feature quick been followed worldwide⎯conditional money transfers (a social coverage software that stipulations funds on behavioral compliance) and participatory budgeting (a kind of citizen-centric city governance). Jamie Peck and Nik Theodore seriously learn the becoming transnational connectivity among policymaking arenas and modes of coverage improvement, assessing the consequences of those advancements for modern policymaking. Emphasizing that coverage versions don't easily go back and forth intact from websites of invention to websites of emulation, they problematize quick coverage as a phenomenon that's actual and consequential but liable to misrepresentation.

Based on fieldwork performed throughout six continents and in fifteen international locations, Fast Policy is a necessary source in offering a longer theoretical dialogue of coverage mobility and in providing a technique for ethnographic learn on international social policy.

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Fast policy refers to a condition of deepening transnational interconnectedness, in which local policy experiments exist in relation to near and far relatives, to traveling models and technocratic designs, and to a host of financial, technical, social, and symbolic networks that invariably loop through centers of power and persuasion. The policymaking process accelerates under these conditions, as local policymaking increasingly begins with imported or borrowed designs, from which new permutations and adaptations are repeatedly worked.

And since the imported systems came complete with supposedly guaranteed results, any failures of performance must have been due to mistakes made during their local (re)assembly. What was practically “inevitable” here, of course, was not the guarantee of sure-­fire results from the imported policies—­often hyped by consultants and advisors, and enforced through loan conditionalities—­but their prosaic failure to meet these very expectations. 52 Policy failure would often be excused by domestic political conditions (necessarily bold reforms had been diluted by political concessions) or by implementation problems (since the policies “work” elsewhere, local delivery systems must be at fault).

27 Such quick-­ fix policy lessons are not even, in this sense, “innovations,” since they represent selective, piecemeal borrowings from other jurisdictions. indd 10 18/02/2015 11:01:57 AM Geographies of Policy 11 of the transfer of urban-­policy practices and philosophies between the Reagan administration and the Thatcher government—­which had been animated by the British riots of 1981, but which also reflected an ideological preference for devolved, business-­led strategies—­was hardly consistent with the notion of rational, systematic information gathering and cold-­eyed evaluation: Visiting ministers, civil servants and fact-­finding groups see what they are shown.

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