This Handbook presents the first comprehensive study of policy analytical practices in comparative perspective.
It explores emerging developments and innovations in the field and advances knowledge of the nature and quality of policy analysis across different countries and at different levels of government by all relevant actors, both inside and outside government, who contribute to the diagnosis of problems and the search for policy solutions.
Handbook chapters examine all aspects of the science, art and craft of policy analysis. They do so both at the often-studied national level, and also at the less well-known level of sub-national and local governments. In addition to studying governments, the Handbook also examines for the first time the practices and policy work of a range of non-governmental actors, including think tanks, interest groups, business actors, labour groups, media, political parties and non-profits.
Bringing together a rich collection of cases and a renowned group of scholars, the Handbook constitutes a landmark study in the field.
Table of Contents
Table of contents
List of Contributors
List of Tables
List of Figures
Chapter 1: The policy analysis movement: The state of the art
Marleen Brans, Iris Geva May and Michael Howlett
Part I: The Styles and Methods of Public Policy Analysis
Chapter 2: The Policy Analysis Profession
Chapter 3: The choice of Formal Policy Analysis Methods
Chapter 4: From Policy Analytical Styles to Policymaking Styles
Patrick Hassenteufel and Philippe Zittoun
Chapter 5: Policy Analysis and Bureaucratic Capacity
Jose-Luis Mendez and Mauricio I. Dussauge-Laguna
Chapter 6: Reflections on Thirty Years of Policy Advice
Beryl A. Radin
Part II: Policy Analysis by Governments
Chapter 7: Policy Analysis in the Central Government
Chapter 8: Policy Analysis in Sub-national Governments
Chapter 9: Policy Analysis at the Local Level
Martin Lundin and PerOla Öberg
Chapter 10. Evidence-Based Budgetary Policy: Speaking Truth to Power?
Frans K.M. van Nispen & Maarten de Jong
Part III: Committees, Public Inquiries, Research Institutes, Consultants, and Public Opinion
Chapter 11: Public Inquiries
Chapter 12: Expert Advisory Bodies in The Policy System
Kate Crowley & Brian Head
Chapter 13: Policy Analysis in the Legislative Branch
Marleen Brans is Professor at the KU Leuven Public Governance Institute and visiting Professor at Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. She specialises in the study of the production and uptake of policy advice.
Iris Geva-May is Professor Emerita at Simon Fraser University and Visiting Professor, Baruch College School of Public Affairs, CUNY. She is Founding Editor-in-Chief of Routledge’s Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice and Founding President of the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum.
Michael Howlett is Burnaby Mountain Chair in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University, Canada and Yong Pung How Chair Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He specializes in public policy analysis, Canadian political economy, and Canadian resource and environmental policy.