Excerpts from Learning from Comparative Public Policy: A Practical Guide:
- The object of looking abroad is not to copy but to learn under what circumstances and to what extent programmes effective elsewhere may also work here.
- Differences in the responses… to a common problem offer the opportunity to compare the strengths and weaknesses of your own programmes with what others… are doing.
- Benchmarking rejects the social scientist’s practice of explaining differences in performance as due to differences in national context and resources.
- Instead, it emphasizes that substandard performance implies a need to improve a national programme
- Best-practice prescriptions tend to homogenize distinctions between programmes ranging from the second-best to the worst.
- In the words of a Washington aphorism, ‘Where you stand depends on where you sit.’