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Policy Sectors in Comparative Policy Analysis Studies
Volume Four

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ISBN 9781032081885
August 2, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
510 Pages

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Book Description

Volume Four of the Classics of Comparative Policy Analysis, "Policy Sectors in Comparative Policy Analysis Studies" contains chapters concerned with comparison within disciplinary policy sectors. The volume contains detailed analyses of policies within six major policy sectors, and illustrates the important differences that exist across policies healthcare, environment, education, social welfare, immigration, and science and technology.The reader will find some common aspects and dimensions – theoretical or methodological – across all policy domains, as well as differences dictated by the characteristics of the discipline or the locus in which the policy point at issue takes place. Indeed, some scholars have argued that the differences and similarities that exist across and within policy sectors can transcend the differences or similarities across political systems.

"Policy Sectors 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 through lesson-drawing.

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 showcases a different new chapter comparing domains of study interrelated with comparative public policy: political science, public administration, governance and policy design, authored by the JCPA authored by the JCPA co-editors Giliberto Capano, Michael Howlett, Leslie A. Pal and B. Guy Peters.

Table of Contents


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

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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.