Emulation, Learning, Or Competition? Examining Inter-County Anti-Smoking Laws In The State Of Missouri
Author: JOSHUA L. MITCHELL and LA SHONDA M. STEWART
Published in PAQ, Vol. 38 No. 3
Policy emulation, policy learning, and economic competition theories are examined to determine which influenced the diffusion of anti- smoking laws among counties in Missouri. This study finds that both learning and competition impacted inter-county diffusion. Furthermore, the effect of learning and competition was conditional, meaning that smaller counties are more susceptible to economic competition and larger counties are more capable of learning from others. This article adds to the literature suggesting that local policies diffuse through multiple mechanisms of policy diffusion.
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