Diane L. Stone

University of Warwick
Politics and International Studies

University fo Warwick
Coventry, Warks
United Kingdom
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Diane Stone is Professor in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. She is also Visiting Professor in Public Policy at Central European University in Budapest. Her most recent appointment is as Centenary Professor of Governance in the Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra. She teaches public policy, globalization and governance. She was a member of the World Bank Secretariat that launched the Global Development Network in 1999 subsequently becoming a member of its Governing Body. She was a member of Council of the Overseas Development Institute (2001-11) and a member of Think Tank Fund sub-board (2012-15) of the Open Society Foundations.

Understanding the transfer of policy failure: bricolage, experimentalism and translation. Policy & Politics, 45(1): 55-70. January 2017.
Abstract: This article re-assesses the literature on policy transfer and diffusion in light of what constitutes failure or limited success. First, it looks at imperfect, incomplete or uninformed transfer processes. Second, it addresses the concept of 'negative lesson-drawing' as well as the role of interlocutors who complicate policy transfer processes. Third, the idea of 'transfer' as a neat linear transmission of an intact policy approach is criticised by drawing attention to hybridity, synthesis, adaptation and 'localisation'. Finally, policy 'translation' is a better conceptual framework for comprehending the learning and policy innovations that come with the trial and error inherent in policymaking.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1332/030557316X14748914098041
Diane Stone and Stella Ladi (2015) 'Global Public Policy and Transnational Administration', Public Administration,
Abstract: There has been a proliferation of administrative practices and processes of policy-making and policy delivery beyond but often overlapping with traditional nation state policy processes. New formal and informal institutions and actors are behind these policy processes, often in cooperation with national public administrations but sometimes quite independently from them. These ‘multi-stakeholder initiatives’, ‘global public–private partnerships’ and ‘global commissions’ are creating or delivering global policies even though the geographic pattern of policy action can vary considerably. Implementation may occur at (trans)national or local levels in different regions more or less contemporaneously, or also in problem contexts that are cross-border and co-jurisdictional, hence our use of the term ‘transnational administration’. Traditional policy and public administration studies have tended to undertake analysis of the capacity of public sector hierarchies to globalize national policies rather than to investigate transnational policy-making above and beyond the state. This article extends the ambit of public administration and policy studies into what has traditionally been considered the realm of International Relations scholarship to identify and map new modes of global (public) policy and transnational administration and prospects for ongoing conceptualization.
URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/padm.12207/abstract;jsessionid=619E00A6268D4B015ECEC60A5FB58F4D.f01t01?userIsAuthenticated=false&deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=
DOI: DOI: 10.1111/padm.12207
The Group of 20 Policy Community: Governance etworks, Policy Analysis and Think Tanks', Internatinal Review of Adminitrative Sciences,
Abstract: The G20 is an evolving international institution. Aided by both advances in information technology and support from home governments, a number of knowledge actors and networks seek to influence global economic governance with policy analysis and advice. This article assesses the international G20 think tank network called Think20 and the policy advocacy of private research institutes (such the Lowy Institute in Australia and the Centre for International Governance and Innovation in Canada) which are in the orbit of the G20 policy community. Think20 assists the global economic governance processes of the G20 by developing ‘coordinative discourses’ for policy development and implementation.
URL: http://ras.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/04/17/0020852314558035.abstract
DOI: 0020852314558035
Douglas, Elena and Stone, Diane. 2014, ‘The Informal Diplomacy of the Australian-American Leadership American Dialogue’ Australian Journal of International Affairs,
DOI: 10.1080/10357718.2014.934194
Knowledge Actors and Transnational Governance: The Public-Private Policy Nexus in the Global Agora (Palgrave MacMillan) 2013
Abstract: This monograph addresses the network alliances or partnerships of international organisations with knowledge organisations and networks. Moving beyond more common studies of industrial public-private partnerships, she addresses how, and why, international organisations and global policy actors need to incorporate ideas, expertise and scientific opinion into their 'global programmes'. Rather than assuming that the encouragement for 'evidence-informed policy' in global and regional institutions of governance is an indisputable public good, Stone queries the influence of expert actors in the growing number of part-private or semi-public policy networks.
URL: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=583689
With Mark Beeson, ‘The Changing Fortunes of a Policy Entrepreneur: the Case of Ross Garnaut’, Australian Journal of Political Science, (48) 1: 1-14.
URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10361146.2012.760526.
‘‘Shades of grey’: Knowledge Networks, Linked Ecologies and the World Bank’, Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs, 13(2): 241–260.
DOI: 10.1111/glob.12008
'Transfer and Translation of Policy’, Policy Studies, 33(4) 2012: 1-17.
DOI: DOI:10.1080/01442872.2012.695933
‘The ASEAN-ISIS Policy Network: Interpretative Communities, Informal Diplomacy and Discourses of Region, Minerva, 49(2) 2011: 241-62.
DOI: DOI: 10.1007/s11024-011-9171-5 ISSN 0026-4695
Stone, Diane L. 2010. "Transnational Philanthropy or Policy Transfer? The Transnational Norms of the Open Society Institute." Policy and Politics 38 (2): 269-287.
Stone, Diane L. 2007. "Garbage Cans, Recycling Bins or Think Tanks? Three Myths about Policy Institutes." Public Administration 85 (2): 259-278.
Stone, Diane L. 2008. "Global Public Policy, Transnational Policy Communities and their Networks." Policy Studies Journal 36 (10): 19-38.

Substantive Focus:
Governance PRIMARY
International Relations SECONDARY
Science and Technology Policy
Comparative Public Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation