1st Edition

Regional Comparisons in Comparative Policy Analysis Studies Volume Three

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

    508 Pages
    by Routledge

    Volume Three of the Classics of Comparative Policy Analysis, contains chapters concerned with "Regional Comparisons and Policy Analysis" – one of the most prevailing approaches in comparative public policy. Through the prism of inter-jurisdiction comparisons of similarities and variations, they address comparisons in specific policy sectors, governance or institutional constructs, and political regimes. The foci are, nevertheless, on those comparisons between countries or regions, which help to lesson-draw by identifying and understanding the variation in policy analysis and policy making that exists within or across regions. One benefit of regional comparisons is that it often allows studies to hold constant many variables, ranging from colonial legacy to federal systems, or from language to specific traditions, and more effectively isolate dependent variables. Regional organizations like the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) or European Union are also considered as catalysts for regional policy approaches and harmonization, and occupy a major role in this volume. The chapters address a broad and diverse number of countries and geographical areas: Latin America, North America, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Southern Africa, the Baltic states, the Nordic states, Western Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and Europe as a whole.

    "Regional Comparisons and Policy Analysis" will be of great interest to scholars and learners of public policy and social sciences, as well as to practitioners considering what can be learned or facilitated through methodologically and theoretically sound approaches.

    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 co-editors Giliberto Capano, Iris Geva-May, Michael Howlett, Leslie A. Pal and B. Guy Peters.


    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


    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.