1st Edition

Institutions and Governance in Comparative Policy Analysis Studies Volume Two

Edited By Iris Geva-May, B. Guy Peters, Joselyn Muhleisen Copyright 2020
    502 Pages
    by Routledge

    494 Pages
    by Routledge

    Volume Two of the Classics of Comparative Policy Analysis, contains chapters concerned with "Institutions and Governance in Comparative Policy Analysis Studies". They highlight that at the core of any policy making, the different institutions and modes of governance have a significant effect. Questions about the impact of governance have become more central to comparative policy analysis as scholars have given more attention to globalization, organizational cultural differences, policy learning, transfer, and diffusion. The chapters included in this volume tackle the nature of policies and policy analytic practices within and across organizations, actors and institutions as well as among governance modes. The chapters demonstrate the ways in which institutions and governance in the public and private sectors, shape policies, and conversely, how policy choices can shape the institutions associated with them. Other chapters focus on how the diffusion of knowledge and lesson drawing address challenges of policy making, cooperation and harmonization.

    "Institutions and Governance in Comparative Policy Analysis Studies" will be of great interest to scholars and learners of public policy and social sciences, as well as to practitioners considering what can be reliably contextualized, learned, facilitated or avoided given their own institutional or governance systems.

    The chapters were originally published as articles in the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis which in the last two decades has pioneered the development of comparative public policy. The volume is part of a four-volume series, the Classics of Comparative Policy Analysis including Theories and Methods, Institutions and Governance, Regional Comparisons, and Policy Sectors. Each volume also showcases a new chapter comparing interrelated domains of study with comparative public policy: political science, public administration, governance and policy design, authored by JCPA co-editors Giliberto Capano, Iris Geva-May, Michael Howlett, Leslie Pal and B. Guy Peters.


    Laurence E. Lynn, Jr.

    Part 1: Introduction to the Book Series and Volume Two

    An Introduction: 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


    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 Science0, 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 Yorkp. She has published work about the development of comparative policy analysis and its relationship to international studies.