International Conference on Policy Learning and Policy Transfer in Asia

Friday 6 December 2013, 9.30AM

Five members of SPSW participated in the Hong Kong Institute of Education's (HKIED) Second International Conference on Social Policy and Governance which was on the theme of 'Policy Learning and Policy Transfer in Asia'. The conference, which was co-organised by HKIED's Department of Asian and Policy Studies, South China University of Technology's Department of Public Administration and York's SPSW, took place in Hong Kong December 6-7 2013 and was sponsored by the East Asian Social Policy Research Network (EASP), the Journal of Asian Public Policy and the journal Policy and Society. 42 papers on policy transfer and policy learning were presented at the conference with scholars attending from Canada, mainland China, Denmark, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the UK and the USA.

The York delegation comprised Dr Kevin Caraher, Dr Sabrina Chai, Dr Chris Holden, Dr John Hudson and Dr Antonia Keung. They presented the following papers:

• “It’s about time…” (Perry, 2003): What contribution can the 2013 BBC Reith Lecturer Grayson Perry make to policy transfer analysis? (Dr Kevin Caraher)
• Why Did the Beijing Municipal Government fail to clear up the rented basements? What can they learn from others? (Dr Sabrina Chai, presenting with Dr Junfu Li of Beijing University of Technology)
• Tobacco control and market liberalisation in East Asia: A case of coercive policy transfer? (Dr Chris Holden)
• Policy Transfer using the 'Gold Standard': Exploring Policy Tourism in Practice. (Dr John Hudson, presenting with Dr Bo-Yung Kim of Yeoungnam University, South Korea)
• Are Cultural Differences Between Nations a Barrier to Cross-National Policy Learning? (Dr John Hudson & Dr Antonia Keung, co-authored with Nam K. Jo of SungKongHoe University, South Korea based on their recent ESRC project on culture and the politics of welfare - ESRC Award ES/J00460X/1)

John Hudson also spoke at the opening and closing ceremonies of the conference and both he and Kevin Caraher acted as rapporteurs for young scholars' panels.

Location: Hong Kong