1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis

Edited By Marleen Brans, Iris Geva-May, Michael Howlett Copyright 2017
    416 Pages
    by Routledge

    416 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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

    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


    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