1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Policy Styles

Edited By Michael Howlett, Jale Tosun Copyright 2021
    464 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    464 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This Handbook provides a systematic overview of the study of policy styles provided by leading experts in the field. 

    The book unites theoretical bases and advancements in practice, ranging from the fundamentals of policy styles to its place in greater policy studies, and responds to new questions regarding policy style dynamics across a range of government levels and activities, including contemporary trends affecting styles such as the use of digital tools and big data in government. It is a comprehensive reference for students and scholars of public policy. 

    Key features:

    • consolidates and advances the contemporary body of knowledge on policy styles and defines its distinctiveness within broader policy studies; 
    • provides a detailed picture of national policy styles in a wide range of countries as well as insights concerning sectoral and other kinds of styles within countries, including executive styles and styles of policy advice; 
    • systematically explores questions dealing with how policy styles impact policy goals, and the realization of policies, including how styles affect instruments choices and impact;
    • provides a guide to future comparative research pathways and cross-sectoral dialogue on the concept and practice of policy styles.

    The Routledge Handbook Policy Styles is essential reading and an authoritative reference for scholars, students, researchers and practitioners of public policy, public administration, public management as well as for comparative politics and government, public organizations and individual policy areas such as health policy, welfare policy, industrial policy, environmental policy, among others.

    1. Introduction: Studying Policy Styles at the National Level and Beyond

    Michael Howlett and Jale Tosun

    Section 1: Institutional Styles

    Part 1: National Policy Styles: Concepts and Cases

    2. National Policy Styles in Theory and Practice

    Michael Howlett and Jale Tosun

    3. Adversarial Legalism and the American Style of Policymaking

    Jeb Barnes

    4. Experimentalism as a Policy Style: The Case of China

    Jiwei Qian

    5. From the ‘Rationalist Consensus’ to ‘Exclusive Incrementalism’: The ‘New’ German Policy Style

    Reimut Zohlnhöfer and Jale Tosun

    6. Authoritarism as a Policy Style

    Aziz Burkhanov

    Part 2: Sectoral Policy Styles: Concepts and Cases

    7. The Concept of a Sectoral Policy Style

    Paul Cairney

    8. Three Worlds of Social Policy Styles: Lasting Legacies or a Thing of the Past?

    Alexander Horn and Jennifer Shore

    9. Policy Styles in Healthcare: Understanding Variations in Health Systems

    Azad Singh Bali and Adam Hannah

    10. Operationalising and Explaining Environmental Policy Styles

    Jale Tosun and Marc Debus

    11. Finance and Monetary Policy Styles

    Caner Bakir and M. Kerem Coban

    Part 3: Administrative and Governance Styles

    12. The Concept of Administrative Styles

    Louisa Bayerlein, Christoph Knill and Dionys Zink

    13. The Styles of Civil Service Systems

    John Halligan

    14. Empirically Assessing Administrative Styles as Bureaucratic Routines

    Louisa Bayerlein, Christoph Knill, Yves Steinebach and Dionys Zink

    15. Convergence in Administrative Implementation Styles in the European Union?

    Mark Wiering and Tetty Havinga

    16. Governance Styles: Re-thinking Governance and Public Policy

    Michael Howlett, Giliberto Capano and M. Ramesh

    Section 2: Process Styles

    Part 4: Agenda-Setting Styles

    17. Media-driven Agenda-setting Styles

    Max Grömping

    18. Interest Groups and Agenda Setting Styles

    Darren R. Halpin and Bert Fraussen

    19. The Politics of Parliamentary Agenda-Setting Styles

    Shaun Bevan, Enrico Borghetto and Henrik Seeberg

    Part 5: Formulation, Advisory and Design Styles

    20. Policy Formulation Styles: Policy Design and Non-Design

    Michael Howlett and Ishani Mukherjee

    21. Policy Over- and Underreaction as Policy Style

    Moshe Maor

    22. Styles of Policy Advice: A Typology for Comparing the Standard Operating Procedures for the Provision of Policy Advice

    David Aubin and Marleen Brans

    Part 6: Executive and Leadership Decision-Making Styles

    23. Executive Policy Styles

    Christopher A. Cooper and Patrik Marier

    24. Leaders’ and Managers’ Decision-making Styles

    Maria Tullia Galanti

    25. Varieties of Executive Styles

    Kai Wegrich

    Part 7: Implementation Styles

    26. Instruments and Implementation Styles

    Michael Howlett, Anthony Perl and M. Ramesh

    27. Regulatory Styles and Their Implications

    Christian Adam and Steffen Hurka

    28. Implementation Style Dynamics: Changing Patterns of Instrument Choice over Time?

    Michael Howlett

    Part 8: Evaluation Styles

    29. When Policy Learning meets Policy Styles

    Claire A. Dunlop and Claudio M. Radaelli

    30. Participatory vs Expert Evaluation Styles

    Fritz Sager and Céline Mavrot

    31. Policy Evaluation Styles

    Fabrizio De Francesco and Valérie Pattyn


    32. Institutional and Process Dimensions of Policy Styles: Key Insights

    Michael Howlett and Jale Tosun


    Michael Howlett is Burnaby Mountain Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

    Jale Tosun is Professor at the Institute of Political Science, Heidelberg University, Germany.

    "Howlett and Tosun have brought together a leading collection of internationally renowned scholars to produce the definitive compendium on comparative policy styles. The volume provides a rich series of case studies and contrasting approaches to the way governments around the world identify policy options, articulate policy pathways and enact public policy to address vexed and complex policy problems."

    Darryl S.L. Jarvis, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

    "The concept of policy styles is an important approach to understanding public policies, especially from a comparative perspective. The concept has been used primarily to understand differences among countries, but this book extends the use of the concept to policy domains and to the policy process. This Handbook makes a major contribution to understanding how and why policies differ across countries and across policy areas."

    B. Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh, USA.