EU–China Regional Policy Dialogue: Unpacking the Mechanisms of an Unlikely Policy Transfer

TitleEU–China Regional Policy Dialogue: Unpacking the Mechanisms of an Unlikely Policy Transfer
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsMusiałkowska, Ida, and Dąbrowski Marcin
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Volume70
Issue10
Pagination1689-1711
Date Published12/2018
ISSN0966-8136 (Print) 1465-3427 (Online)
KeywordsChina, EU, policy transfer, regional policy
Abstract

This article investigates EU–China dialogue on regional policy, a puzzling exercise in policy transfer because such policy is by its nature inward-oriented and the intricacies of regional development imply uncertainty about its effects in different contexts. The article sheds light on the reasons of both sides for engaging in this unlikely policy learning effort and identifies its actors and mechanisms. It also critically assesses this process, stressing its one-way nature and the active role of the EU as a ‘policy-sender’, in contrast to most policy transfer literature citing demands by the policy-recipient as the predominant reason to engage in such cooperation.

URL https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2018.1545899
DOI10.1080/09668136.2018.1545899