There has been a growing body of work on the issue of policy tourism. This work has explored the ways in which policy tourism – in particular the tourism linked to study tours and conferences – operates in particular policymaking fields. This work, in turn, has explored the ways in which policy tourism is linked to policy mobilities – or put another way, how study tours and conferences shape the circulation of policy models and expertise between places.
Below are studies on policy tourism by members of the IUF Collective on policy tourism:
Baker, T. and McGuirk, P. (forthcoming) ‘He came back a changed man’: The popularity and influence of policy tourism’. Area. [free version here]
Cook, I. R. and Andersson, I. (2018) Tour guides and the hosting of policy tourism: Show and tell in Vällingby and Växjö. In Andersson, I. (ed.) Globala Flöden och Lokala Praktiker – Policymobilitet i Tid och Rum (Årsboken Ymer 138). Stockholm: Svenska Sällskapet för Antropologi och Geografi: 111-132. [free version here written in English]
Montero, S. (2017) Study tours and inter-city learning: Moblizing Bogotá‘s transportation policies in Guadalajara. Environment and Planning A 49 (2): 332-350. [official version here]
Cook, I. R., Ward, S. V. and Ward, K. (2015) Post-war planning and policy tourism: The international study tours of the Town and Country Planning Association 1947-1961. Planning Theory and Practice 16 (2): 184-205. [free version here, official version here]
Cook, I. R., Ward, S. V. and Ward, K. (2014) A springtime journey to the Soviet Union: Post-war planning and policy mobilities through the Iron Curtain. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38 (3): 805-822. [free version here, official version here]
Wood, A. (2014) Learning through policy tourism: Circulating bus rapid transit from South America to South Africa. Environment and Planning A 46 (11): 2654-2669. [official version here]
Ward, S. V., Cook, I. R. and Ward, K. (2013) Lesson learning – from Liverpool to Moscow… Town and Country Planning 82 (7): 344-347. [free pdf]
Cook, I. R. and Ward, K. (2011) Trans-national networks of learning, mega-events and policy tourism: The case of Manchester’s Commonwealth and Olympic Games projects. Urban Studies 48 (12): 2519-2535. [free version here, official version here]
Temenos, C. (2016) Mobilizing drug policy activism: Conferences, convergence spaces and ephemeral fixtures in social movement mobilization. Space and Polity 20 (1): 24-41. [free version here, official version here]
Cook, I. R. and Ward, K. (2012) Conferences, informational infrastructures and mobile policies: The process of getting Sweden ‘BID ready’. European Urban and Regional Studies 19 (2): 137-152. [free version here, official version here]
General (focusing on study tours and conferences)
Cook, I. R. (2018) Showcasing Vällingby to the world: Post-war suburban development, informational infrastructures and the extrospective city. Planning Perspectives 33 (3): 315-333. [free version here, official version here]
Ward, K. (2011) Entrepreneurial urbanism, policy tourism, and the making mobile of policies. In Bridge, G. and Watson, S. (eds.) The New Blackwell Companion to the City. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 726-737.
See also the various different publications by members of the IUF Collective who have examined policy mobilities and, as part of this, have examined the issue of policy tourism.