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The dissertation investigates the effects of federalism and multi-level governance on tobacco control policy in the United Kingdom and South Africa. It uses theories of federalism and multi-level governance, as well as policy transfer (diffusion) and interest groups politics to investigate their effects on tobacco control policy adoption. Methodologically, the research uses comparative case analyses augmented by elite interviews and secondary sources. The study found that each of the various explanations have influenced the adoption of comprehensive tobacco control policies in the two countries. In the end, the study argues that the policies of the two countries are converging, except for minor differences relating to the role of provinces in policy adoption.