Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Political Science

First Advisor

Veronica Ward


This paper explores the way in which international policies move from country to country. I propose that the spread of policy adoption, internationally, mirrors how a fad in the fashion industry is diffused. The primary point of this paper is to evaluate four case studies (policies) and study how they transitioned from one country to another. Also addressed will be the question of how these policies start, whether there are particular countries prone to starting the diffusion process or if there is some other explanation for their origins. This study specifically looks at the dissemination of women’s suffrage, the adoption of the United Nations Convention 138 on child labor, and the Kyoto Protocol. The statistics provided will show whether or not the adoption of each of these policies, follow a similar pattern.


This work made publicly available electronically on May 13, 2011.