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Bandwagon Competition or Duration Dependence? Comment on ‘Shaping Policy Diffusion’

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 November 2002

Mikitaka Masuyama
Seikei University


Ito (2001) has made an interesting argument on policy making in Japanese local governments. However, his analysis is based on the estimates from the models that do not properly take into account the temporal dependence of regional law adoption. The purpose of this comment is to point out a troubling aspect of Ito's event history modeling, and to put the existence of potential problems caused by temporally dependent observations into perspective.

Research Article
© 2002 Cambridge University Press

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