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Regional Comparisons and Policy Analysis

Volume Three, 1st Edition

Edited by Iris Geva-May, B. Guy Peters, Joselyn Muhleisen


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Regional Comparisons and Policy Analysis contains chapters that are regional in focus and conduct comparisons in specific policy sectors.

Conducting regional comparisons often allows studies to hold constant many variables, ranging from language to colonial legacy, and more effectively isolate dependent variables. The authors conduct cross-country comparisons in specific policy sectors, including fiscal policy, environment policy, family policy, and healthcare policy. Regional organizations like the OECD, or European Union are also considered as catalysts for regional policy approaches and harmonization, and play a major role in this volume. The chapters address a broad number of regions, including Europe, Southeast Asia, Latin America and North America, and can help to identify the variation that exists with regions, as well as between regions.

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

Table of Contents


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 Domański

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

About the Editors

Iris Geva-May has been recognized by Thomson Reuters for having pioneered the field of comparative policy analysis since 1998, when she founded the highly cited Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis in 1998, and the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum Scholarly Society. She is the author of numerous articles and books including The Logic and Methodology of Policy Analysis, An Operational Approach to Policy Analysis, Classics Comparative Policy Analysis, International Library of Comparative Policy Analysis, Routledge Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis, and Policy Analysis as a Clinical Profession. She is currently a Honorary Visiting Professor and Adjunct at SPPA, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada; Visiting Professor at the Wagner School NYU; and Professor Emerita, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of Government at the University of Pittsburgh, and Honorary Editor of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. He is also founding president of the International Public Policy Association and Editor of the International Review of Public Policy.

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. She earned her doctorate in political science from The Graduate Center, CUNY. She has published work about the development of comparative policy analysis and its relationship to international studies.

About the Series

Classics of Comparative Policy Analysis

The Classics of Policy Analysis is a collection of the most representative articles in the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (JCPA) on its 20th anniversary. The JCPA has "pioneered the domain of comparative policy analysis" studies since 1998 and is still the only journal explicitly devoted to promoting comparative policy studies. The articles published in the JCPA have become classics of the field of comparative policy analytic studies, and have established it as a distinctive field of study since (Thomson Reuters 2008; Radin 2013: Geva-May, Hoffman and Muhleisen 2018). The papers published over the last two decades in JCPA are explicitly comparative and could be viewed as cornerstones of comparative public policy analysis theory, methodology, policy inter-disciplinarity, and inter-regional scholarship. Contributors include founders of the field of policy analysis, comparative politics and comparative public administration and management from which comparative policy analysis has derived: Peter deLeon, Duncan McRae, Laurence E. Lynn, B. Guy Peters, Beryl Radin, David Weimer, Frans Van Nispen, Yukio Adachi, as well as second and third generation policy analysis scholars who have set high scholarship bars in advancing the field.

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