1st Edition

Classics of Comparative Policy Analysis

    1987 Pages
    by Routledge

    1987 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Classics of Comparative Policy Analysis is a four-volume set, compiled of articles, spanning twenty years, from the highly respected Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.

    The first volume addresses questions about theory and methodology in the comparative study of public policy. The second explores different modes of governance and comparative studies of institutions. The third volume contains chapters that are regional in focus and conduct comparisons in specific policy sectors. The fourth and final volume looks at comparisons within disciplinary policy sectors, including healthcare, environment, education, social welfare, immigration, and science and technology. Further, in each volume there is a new chapter on comparisons between the disciplines of public policy, public administration, governance and political science by leading scholars.

    The Classics of Comparative Policy Analysis will be of great interest to scholars and practitioners of public policy, and social science more generally. The chapters were originally published as articles in the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. 


    Laurence E. Lynn, Jr.

    Part 1: Introduction to the book series and volume one

    Why the Classics of Comparative Policy Analysis Studies

    Iris Geva-May, Guy B Peters, Joselyn Muhleison

    Part 2: Comparing fields of study: What lesson can be drawn?

    Two Ships in the Night: Comparative Politics and Comparative Policy Analysis - Making the Linkage

    Guy B. Peters and Iris Geva-May

    Part 3: The Classics

    1. Comparative policy analysis: Déjà vu all over again?

    Peter Deleon, Phyllis Resnick-Terry

    2. Compared to What? The Multiple Meanings of Comparative Policy Analysis

    Beryl A. Radin, David L. Weimer

    3. The Problem of Policy Problems

    Guy B. Peters

    4. Twenty Years of Comparative Policy Analysis: A Survey of the Field and a Discussion of Topics and Methods

    Iris Geva-May, David Hoffman, Joselyn Muhleisen

    5. Comparative logic versus problem logic? An introduction

    Monika Steffen

    6. Comparing complex policies: Lessons from a public health case

    Monika Steffen

    7. Understanding Policy Change as an Epistemological and Theoretical Problem

    Giliberto Capano

    8. The Dependent Variable Problem in the Study of Policy Change: Understanding Policy Change as a Methodological Problem

    Michael Howlett, Benjamin Cashore

    9. Mechanisms of Policy Change: A Proposal for a Synthetic Explanatory Framework

    José Real-Dato

    10. The Matching Problem within Comparative Welfare State Research: How to Bridge Abstract Theory and Specific Hypotheses

    Sabina Stiller, Kees van Kersbergen

    11. The Dependent Variable Problem within the Study of Welfare State Retrenchment: Defining the Problem and Looking for Solutions

    Christoffer Green-Pedersen

    12. Policy Innovations: Towards an Analytic Framework

    Sami Mahroum

    13. Exploring the Concept of Governability

    Jan Kooiman

    14. The Role and Impact of the Multiple-Streams Approach in Comparative Policy Analysis

    Daniel Béland, Michael Howlett

    15. Differences That Matter: Overcoming Methodological Nationalism in Comparative Social Policy Research

    Scott Greer, Heather Elliott, Rebecca Oliver

    16. Europeanization as a methodological challenge: The case of interest groups

    Sabine Saurugger

    17. How to construct a robust measure of social capital: Two contributions

    Gert Tinggaard Svendsen, Christian Bjornskov

    18. Cultural theory: The neglected variable in the craft of policy analysis

    Iris Geva-May

    19. Cultures of public policy problems

    Robert Hoppe

    20. Toward cultural analysis in policy analysis: Picking up where Aaron Wildavsky left off

    Brendon Swedlow

    21. Metachoice in policy analysis

    Aidan R. Vining, Anthony E. Boardman

    22. Introduction: The OECD and Policy Transfer: Comparative Case Studies

    Leslie A. Pal

    23. Learning Transferable Lessons from Single Cases in Comparative Policy Analysis

    Amanda Wolf, Karen Baehler



    Laurence E. Lynn, Jr.

    Part 1: Introduction to the Book Series and Volume Two

    Why the Classics of Comparative Policy Analysis Studies?

    Iris Geva-May, Guy B Peters, Joselyn Muhleison

    Part 2: Comparative Policy Analysis, Institutions and Governance

    The Rise of the Governance Mantra and Comparative Policy Analysis

    Giliberto Capano

    Part 3: The Classics

    1. Bringing Governments Back in: Governance and Governing in Comparative Policy Analysis

    Giliberto Capano, Michael Howlett, M Ramesh

    2. Comparative Analyses of Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships

    Anthony E. Boardman, Carsten Greve, Graeme A. Hodge

    3. Public–private partnerships in the US and Canada: "There are no free lunches"

    Aidan R. Vining, Anthony E. Boardman, Finn Poschmann

    4. Comparing Public–Private Partnerships and Traditional Public Procurement: Efficiency vs. Flexibility

    Thomas W. Ross, Jing Yan

    5. The Determinants of Privatization: a Comparative Analysis of Developing Countries

    Michael Breen, David Doyle

    6. Comparative Implementation Research: Directions and Dualities

    Peter Hupe and Harald Saetren

    7. Organizing for policy implementation: The emergence and role of implementation units in policy design and oversight

    Evert Lindquist

    8. Policy Harmonization: Limits and Alternatives

    Giandomenico Majone

    9. Exploring the Concept of Governability

    Jan Kooiman

    10. Can Corruption Be Measured? Comparing Global Versus Local Perceptions of Corruption in East and Southeast Asia

    Min-Wei Lin, Chilik Yu

    11. Public Personnel Policies: Impact on Government Performance

    Greta Nasi

    12. Government Effectiveness in Comparative Perspective

    Soo-Young Lee, Andrew B. Whitford

    13. Federalism, political structure, and public policy in the United States and Canada

    Beryl A. Radin, Joan Price Boase

    14. Towards Harmonization or Standardization in Governmental Accounting? The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board Experience

    Iluminada Fuertes

    15. Trust and Distrust as Distinct Concepts: Why Studying Distrust in Institutions is Important

    Steven Van De Walle, Frédérique Six

    16. Sustainable Development and Transnational Communication: Assessing the International Influence on Subnational Policies

    Sander Happaerts, Karoline Van Den Brande

    17. Accountable Climate Governance: Dilemmas of Performance Management across Complex Governance Networks

    Asim Zia, Christopher Koliba

    18. Beyond Welfare Effort in the Measuring of Welfare States

    Jon Olaskoaga, Ricardo Alaez-Aller, Pablo Diaz-De-Basurto-Uraga

    19. Beyond Compliance: The Europeanization of Member States through Negative Integration and Legal Uncertainty

    Susanne K. Schmidt

    20. Governance in the European Union: A Policy Analysis of the Attempts to Raise Legitimacy through Civil Society Participation

    Eva G. Heidbreder

    21. Policy Transfer and Accession: A Comparison of Three International Governmental Organisations

    Peter Carroll

    22. Agency fever? Analysis of an international policy fashion

    Christopher Pollit, Karen Bathgate, Janice Caulfield, Amanda Smullen, Colin Talbot

    23. Networks for Regulation: Privacy Commissioners in a Changing World

    Charles D. Raab

    24. Four Styles of Regulation and their Implications for Comparative Policy Analysis

    Christian Adam, Steffen Hurka, Christoph Knill

    25. Global Governance Indices as Policy Instruments: Actionability, Transparency and Comparative Policy Analysis

    Tero Erkkilä

    26. Informing institutional design: Strategies for comparative cumulation

    Aidan Vining, David Weimer



    Laurence E. Lynn, Jr.

    Part 1: Introduction to the Book Series and Volume Three

    Why the Classics of Comparative Policy Analysis Studies

    Iris Geva-May, Guy B Peters, Joselyn Muhleison

    Part 2: Comparing Regions: What lesson can be drawn?

    Comparative Public Administration and Comparative Public Policy

    Leslie A. Pal

    Part 3: The Classics

    1. When do Governments Consolidate? A Quantitative Comparative Analysis of 23 OECD Countries (1980–2005)

    Uwe Wagschal, Georg Wenzelburger

    2. Europeanization, Policy Learning, and New Modes of Governance

    Claudio M. Radaelli

    3. Bottom–Up Policy Convergence: A Sociology of the Reception of Policy Transfer in Public Health Policies in Europe

    Carole Clavier

    4. Can Corruption Be Measured? Comparing Global Versus Local Perceptions of Corruption in East and Southeast Asia

    Min-Wei Lin, Chilik Yu

    5. Independent Professional Bureaucracies and Street-Level Bribery: Comparing Changes in Civil Service Law and Implementation in Latin America

    Laura Langbein, Pablo Sanabria

    6. A Comparative Study of Abortion Policymaking in Brazil and South America: The Salience of Issue Networks and Policy Windows

    Andrzej Kulczycki

    7. Father-friendly legislation and paternal time across Western Europe

    Alison J. Smith, Donald R. Williams

    8. Reconciliation of work and family life in Europe: A case study of Denmark, France, Germany and the United Kingdom

    Peter Abrahamson

    9. Fiscal Policy Learning from Crisis: Comparative Analysis of the Baltic Countries

    Ringa Raudla, Aleksandrs Cepilovs, Vytautas Kuokštis, Rainer Kattel

    10. Failing family policy in post-communist Central Europe

    Steven Saxonberg, Tomáš Sirovátka

    11. Comparative Analysis of Governmental Accounting Diversity in the European Union

    Rosa Ma Dasí, Vicente Montesinos, Santiago Murgui

    12. A Comparative Study of Asset-based Policy in Asia: Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan

    Chang-Keun Han

    13. The Challenges of Implementing Merit-Based Personnel Policies in Latin America: Mexico's Civil Service Reform Experience

    Mauricio I. Dussauge Laguna

    14. Public Personnel Policies and Problems in the New Democracies of Central and Eastern Europe

    Tiina Randma-Liiv, Jane Järvalt

    15. The Missing Dimension: A Comparative Analysis of Healthcare Governance in Central and Eastern Europe

    Monika Ewa Kaminska

    16. Made to Measure? Europeanization, Goodness of Fit and Adaptation Pressures in EU Competition Policy and Regional Aid

    Carlos Mendez, Fiona Wishlade, Douglas Yuill

    17. Overfishing in Southern Africa: A Comparative Account of Regime Effectiveness and National Capacities

    Martin Sjöstedt, Aksel Sundström

    18. A Legal Perspective on "Privateness" and "Publicness" in Latin American Higher Education

    Andrés Bernasconi

    19. Watching the Watchers: Transgovernmental Implementation of Data Privacy Policy in Europe

    Abraham L. Newman

    20. Managing urban growth in Asia

    Clay G. Wescott, L. R. Jones

    21. Governance for sustainability in East Asian Global Cities: An exploratory study

    Mee Kam Ng

    22. Building Collaborative Emergency Management Systems in Northeast Asia: A Comparative Analysis of the Roles of International Agencies

    Namkyung Oh, Aya Okada, Louise K. Comfort

    23. Crucial Factors in Implementing Radical Policy Change: A Comparative Longitudinal Study of Nordic Central Agency Relocation Programs

    Harald Sætren

    24. Housing Conditions, States, Markets and Households: A Pan-European Analysis

    Michelle Norris, Henryk Domanski

    25. Regional Policy Agglomeration: Arctic Policy in Canada and the United States

    Peter J May, Bryan D. Jones. Betsi E. Beem, Emily A. Neff-Sharum and Melissa K. Poague



    Laurence E. Lynn, Jr.

    Part 1: Introduction to the Book Series and Volume Four

    Why the Classics of Comparative Policy Analysis Studies

    Iris Geva-May, Guy B Peters, Joselyn Muhleison

    Part 2: Comparative Policy Analysis and Policy Sectors

    The Contribution of Comparative Policy Analysis to Policy Design Studies

    Michael Howlett

    Part 3: The Classics


    1. Translating Monetary Inputs into Health Care Provision: A Comparative Analysis of the Impact of Different Modes of Public Policy

    Claus Wendt, Jürgen Kohl

    2. Comparing health policy: An assessment of typologies of health systems

    Viola Burau, Robert H. Blank

    3. Six Countries, Six Health Reform Models? Health Care Reform in Chile, Israel, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan and The Netherlands

    Kieke G. H. Okma, Tsung-mei Cheng, David Chinitz, Luca Crivelli, Meng-kin Lim, Hans Maarse, Maria Eliana Labra

    4. Bottom–Up Policy Convergence: A Sociology of the Reception of Policy Transfer in Public Health Policies in Europe

    Carole Clavier

    5. How do Governments Steer Health Policy? A Comparison of Canadian and New Zealand Approaches to Cost Control and Primary Health Care Reform

    Tim Tenbensel

    6. National Values, Institutions and Health Policies: What do they Imply for Medicare Reform?

    Theodore R. Marmor, Kieke G. H. Okma, Stephen R. Latham


    7. A comparative analysis of paid leave for the health needs of workers and their families around the world

    Alison Earle, Jody Heymann

    8. Three Worlds of Welfare Chauvinism? How Welfare Regimes Affect Support for Distributing Welfare to Immigrants in Europe

    Jeroen Van Der Waal, Willem De Koster, Wim Van Oorschot

    9. Public Funding, Private Delivery: States, Markets, and Early Childhood Education and Care in Liberal Welfare States – A Comparison of Australia, the UK, Quebec, and New Zealand

    Linda A. White, Martha Friendly

    10. Reconciliation policies and the effects of motherhood on employment, earnings and poverty

    Joya Misra, Michelle J. Budig, Stephanie Moller

    11. Less Bad than its Reputation: Social Spending as a Proxy for Welfare Effort in Cross-national Studies

    Carsten Jensen

    12. The regulation of working time as work-family reconciliation policy: Comparing Europe, Japan, and the United States

    Janet C. Gornick, Alexandra Heron

    13. Social Citizenship of Young People in Europe: A Comparative Institutional Analysis

    Tom Chevalier


    14. Comparative Analysis of Higher Education Quality Assurance in Colombia and Ecuador: How is Political Ideology Reflected in Policy Design and Discourse?

    Nadia Rubaii, Mariana Lima Bandeira

    15. Federal Dynamics of Changing Governance Arrangements in Education: A Comparative Perspective on Australia, Canada and Germany

    Giliberto Capano

    16. Importing Private Higher Education: International Branch Campuses

    Jason E. Lane

    17. Private Higher Education and Public Policy: A Global View

    Daniel C. Levy, William Zumeta


    18. Policy Analysis and Europeanization: An Analysis of EU Migrant Integration Policymaking

    Andrew Geddes, Peter Scholten

    19. The Interplay of Knowledge Production and Policymaking: A Comparative Analysis of Research and Policymaking on Migrant Integration in Germany and the Netherlands

    Han Entzinger, Peter Scholten

    20. Fiscal federalism and the politics of immigration: Centralized and decentralized immigration policies in Canada and the United States

    Graeme Boushey, Adam Luedtke

    21. Bureaucratic Control and Policy Change: A Comparative Venue Shopping Approach to Skilled Immigration Policies in Australia and Canada

    Anna Boucher

    22. Setting the Immigrant Policy Agenda: Expertise and Politics in the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom

    Peter Scholten, Arco Timmermans


    23. Democracy, Colonial Legacy, and the Openness of Cabinet-Level Websites in Developing Countries

    Ivan Katchanovski, Todd La Porte

    24. Federalism and the Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnology in the United States and European Union

    Adam D. Sheingate

    25. Direct Legislation in North America and Europe: Promoting or Restricting Biotechnology?

    Christine Rothmayr Allison, Frédéric Varone


    Iris Geva-May has been recognized by Thomson Reuters for having pioneered the field of comparative policy analysis since 1998, when she founded the now high indexed Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. She serves as its Founding Editor. She is President of the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum Scholarly Society. She has published among others The Logic and Methodology of Policy Analysis, An Operational Approach to Policy Analysis (with Wildavsky), International Library of Policy Analysis, Routledge Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis, and Policy Analysis as a Clinical Profession. She is currently a Honorary Visiting Professor at SPPA, Carleton University, Ottawa, and the Wagner School NYU; and Professor Emerita, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.


    B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of Government at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, and Honorary Editor of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. He is also the Founding President of the International Public Policy Association and Editor of the International Review of Public Policy. He has been honored as the recipient of the Fred Riggs Award for Lifetime Achievement in Public Administration, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from NISPAcee. Among his seminal publications are: Comparative Politics Theory and Methods, Institutional Theory In Political Science, The Politics of Bureaucracy: A Comparative Perspective, and An Advanced Introduction to Public Policy, The Next Public Administration.


    Joselyn Muhleisen serves as the Awards Coordinator for the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum and the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. She is a Doctoral Lecturer at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY). She earned her doctorate in political science from The Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the former Assistant Director of the European Union Studies Center, CUNY, New York. She has published work about the development of comparative policy analysis and its relationship to international studies.