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Claudio Radaelli Lecture

The University of Edinburgh's Public Policy Network invites you to a seminar on Tuesday 26 February to be given by Professor Claudio Radaelli on 'Measuring policy learning across Europe'.


Claudio Radaelli is Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Chair of European Public Policy at the University of Exeter, where he is also Director of the Centre for Regulatory Governance.

The seminar will take place on Tuesday 26 February, at 1pm in the Reception Room at the rear of McEwan Hall, University of Edinburgh.

Sandwiches and coffee will be provided from 12.30. Please confirm your attendance by email to


Do analytic approaches to policy formulation, specifically regulatory impact assessment (RIA), enable complex organizations to learn? This question invites a reconsideration of how we conceptualize learning in public policy. This paper contributes to the policy learning literature by distinguishing between types of learning their micro-foundations, and the implications for knowledge utilization. Types of learning are examined alongside the null hypothesis of change brought about by factors different from learning – such as partisan politics and coercion. Evidence from four countries (Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK) is discussed, controlling for both domestic and multi-level (that is, domestic-EU) effects. The findings corroborate emulation rather than instrumental learning. The paper then turns to explanation, discussing the politics of knowledge construction and utilization. There is only random and scattered evidence for the null hypothesis, but this is contingent on a sample of highly developed countries, in which coercion from international organizations and donor requirements do not play a significant role.

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