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... the realm of policy-making, a number of scholars1 in recent years have re-opened the doors towards understanding the role of ideas in policy change. Building upon the inadequacies of rational choice and institutional approaches, these theories emphasise that ideas play an important role in contributing to policy change. However, as Kurt Jacobsen (1995) observes, while most proponents of this view have successfully illustrated that "the ideas approach is always a valuable supplement to interest-based, rational actor models," these authors have yet to make a strong case for the "power of ideas", as independent and active forces in policy making.2 If this is the case, the usefulness of studying ideas...