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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis

ISBN 9780367872656
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
416 Pages

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Book Description

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

Yukio Adachi

Chapter 3: The choice of Formal Policy Analysis Methods

Claudia Scott

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

Arnošt Veselý

Chapter 8: Policy Analysis in Sub-national Governments

Joshua Newman

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

Patrik Marier

Chapter 12: Expert Advisory Bodies in The Policy System

Kate Crowley & Brian Head

Chapter 13: Policy Analysis in the Legislative Branch

Wouter Wolfs

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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.


'Resources for scholars interested in comparative public policy have expanded greatly in recent years. The International Library of Policy Analysis edited by Geva-May and Howlett provides excellent country-level studies. Together with Brans, they provide in the new Routledge Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis useful perspectives by distinguished scholars to guide comparison across national and subnational governments.' - David L. Weimer, Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

'This is a landmark collection of essays on comparative policy analysis which brings insights from different levels of government and from a wide range of key players in the policy process - think tanks, interest groups, business actors, labour groups, media, political parties and non-profits.' - Eduardo Araral, Vice Dean (Research) and Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore