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Policy Styles and Policy-Making

Exploring the Linkages, 1st Edition

Edited by Michael Howlett, Jale Tosun


402 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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Richardson et al.’s respected and seminal Policy Styles in Western Europe (1982) shed valuable light on how countries tend to establish long-term and distinctive ways to make policies that transcend short-term imperatives and issues. This follow-up volume updates those arguments and significantly expands the coverage, consisting of 16 carefully selected country-level case studies from around the world. Furthermore, it includes different types of political regimes and developmental levels to test more widely the robustness of the patterns and variables highlighted in the original book.

The case studies – covering countries from the United States, Canada, Germany and the UK to Russia, Togo and Vietnam – follow a uniform structure, combining theoretical considerations and the presentation of empirical material to reveal how the distinct cultural and institutional features of modern states continue to have implications for the making and implementation of public policy decisions within them.

The book is essential reading for students and scholars of public policy, public administration, comparative politics and development studies.


"This new edited volume makes a much needed contribution to the comparative study of national policy styles. It does so by extending their study to include a wide and diverse range of countries - western and non-western, democratic and authoritarian and developed and developing. This is an informative, ambitious, and well-researched volume." - David Vogel, University of California, Berkeley, USA

"Students of comparative public policy have long struggled to find concepts that work across a wide range of countries. The concept of 'policy style' was very simple and not overly sophisticated, yet 'policy style' has become a generic term in comparative public policy. This new volume on policy styles will be seen as essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and comparing policy systems." - Jeremy Richardson, Nuffield College, Oxford, and University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Table of Contents


1. Policy Styles: A New Approach [Michael Howlett and Jale Tosun]

Part I: "Closed" Bureaucratic-Democratic Regimes

2. Policy Styles in the United Kingdom: A Majoritarian UK vs. Devolved Consensus Democracies? [Paul Cairney]

3. Policy Styles in Germany: Still Searching for the Rationalist Consensus? [Reimut Zohlnhöfer and Jale Tosun]

4. The Scholar-Official Policy Nexus and Confucian Policy Styles in South Korea [M. Jae Moon and Chang-ho Hwang]

5. Policy Styles in Mexico: Still Muddling Through Centralized Bureaucracy, Not Yet Through the Democratic Transition [Raul Pacheco-Vega]

Part II: "Open" Democratic-Popular Regimes

6. The Co-Evolutionary Policy Style of Brazil: Structure and Functioning [Eduardo José Grin and Fernando Luiz Abrucio]

7. Over-Promising and Under-Delivering: The Canadian Policy Style of Punctuated Gradualism [Michael Howlett and Andrea Migone]

8. Policy Style(s) in Switzerland: Under Stress [Yannis Papadopoulos and Martino Maggetti]

9. The American Policy Style(s): Multiple Institutions Creating Gridlock and Opportunities [B. Guy Peters]

Part III: "Closed" One-Party Authoritarian Regimes

10. Policy Styles in China: How to Control and Motivate Bureaucracy [Jiwei Qian]

11. Policy-Making Styles in Central Asia: The Soviet Legacy and New Institutions [Aziz Burkhanov]

12. Vietnam: The Policy Styles of a Lame Leviathan [Aurel Croissant]

13. The National Policy-Making Style of the United Arab Emirates: Fusing Patron-Client Networks into Modernity [Ahmed Mustafa Elhussein Mansour]

Part IV: "Open" Electorally Competitive Authoritarian Regimes

14. The Riven Policy Style of a Post-Empire State: The Case of Russia [Dmitry Zatsyev]

15. Singapore’s Policy Style: Gradations of Developmentalism [Jun Jie Woo]

16. Policy-Making in an Electoral Autocracy: Constitutional Reform in Togo [Anja Osei and Hervé Akinocho]

17. Napoleonic Traditions, Majoritarianism, and Turkey’s Statist Policy Style [H. Tolga Bolukbasi and Ebru Ertugal]


18. Empirical Insights on National Policy Styles and Political Regimes [Michael Howlett and Jale Tosun]

About the Editors

Michael Howlett is Burnaby Mountain Chair and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

Jale Tosun is Professor of Political Science at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Textbooks in Policy Studies

This series provides high-quality textbooks and teaching materials for upper-level courses on all aspects of public policy as well as policy analysis, design, practice and evaluation. Each text is authored or edited by a leading scholar in the field and aims both to survey established areas and present the latest thinking on emerging topics.

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