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
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
'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