1st Edition

Theory and Methods in Comparative Policy Analysis Studies Volume One

Edited By Iris Geva-May, B. Guy Peters, Joselyn Muhleisen Copyright 2020
    448 Pages
    by Routledge

    436 Pages
    by Routledge

    Volume One of the Classics of Comparative Policy Analysis, "Theory and Methods in Comparative Policy Analysis Studies" includes chapters that apply or further theory and methodology in the comparative study of public policy, in general, and policy analysis, in particular. Throughout the volume the chapters engage in theory building by assessing the relevance of theoretical approaches drawn from the social sciences, as well as some which are distinctive to policy analysis. Other chapters focus on various comparative approaches based on developments and challenges in the methodology of policy analysis. Together, this collection provides a comprehensive scholastic foundation to comparative policy analysis and comparative policy studies.

    "Theory and Methods in Comparative Policy Analysis Studies" will be of great interest to scholars and learners of public policy and social sciences, as well as to practitioners considering what can be learned or facilitated through methodologically and theoretically sound approaches.

    The chapters were originally published as articles in the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis which in the last two decades has pioneered the development of comparative public policy. The volume is part of a four-volume series, the Classics of Comparative Policy Analysis including Theories and Methods, Institutions and Governance, Regional Comparisons, and Policy Sectors. Each volume showcases a different new chapter comparing domains of study interrelated with comparative public policy: political science, public administration, governance and policy design, authored by the JCPA co-editors Giliberto Capano, Iris Geva-May, Michael Howlett, Leslie A. Pal and B. Guy Peters.


    Laurence E. Lynn, Jr.

    Part 1: Introduction to the book series and volume one

    Why the Classics of Comparative Policy Analysis Studies

    Iris Geva-May, Guy B Peters, Joselyn Muhleison

    Part 2: Comparing fields of study: What lesson can be drawn?

    Two Ships in the Night: Comparative Politics and Comparative Policy Analysis - Making the Linkage

    Guy B. Peters and Iris Geva-May

    Part 3: The Classics

    1. Comparative policy analysis: Déjà vu all over again?

    Peter Deleon, Phyllis Resnick-Terry

    2. Compared to What? The Multiple Meanings of Comparative Policy Analysis

    Beryl A. Radin, David L. Weimer

    3. The Problem of Policy Problems

    Guy B. Peters

    4. Twenty Years of Comparative Policy Analysis: A Survey of the Field and a Discussion of Topics and Methods

    Iris Geva-May, David Hoffman, Joselyn Muhleisen

    5. Comparative logic versus problem logic? An introduction

    Monika Steffen

    6. Comparing complex policies: Lessons from a public health case

    Monika Steffen

    7. Understanding Policy Change as an Epistemological and Theoretical Problem

    Giliberto Capano

    8. The Dependent Variable Problem in the Study of Policy Change: Understanding Policy Change as a Methodological Problem

    Michael Howlett, Benjamin Cashore

    9. Mechanisms of Policy Change: A Proposal for a Synthetic Explanatory Framework

    José Real-Dato

    10. The Matching Problem within Comparative Welfare State Research: How to Bridge Abstract Theory and Specific Hypotheses

    Sabina Stiller, Kees van Kersbergen

    11. The Dependent Variable Problem within the Study of Welfare State Retrenchment: Defining the Problem and Looking for Solutions

    Christoffer Green-Pedersen

    12. Policy Innovations: Towards an Analytic Framework

    Sami Mahroum

    13. Exploring the Concept of Governability

    Jan Kooiman

    14. The Role and Impact of the Multiple-Streams Approach in Comparative Policy Analysis

    Daniel Béland, Michael Howlett

    15. Differences That Matter: Overcoming Methodological Nationalism in Comparative Social Policy Research

    Scott Greer, Heather Elliott, Rebecca Oliver

    16. Europeanization as a methodological challenge: The case of interest groups

    Sabine Saurugger

    17. How to construct a robust measure of social capital: Two contributions

    Gert Tinggaard Svendsen, Christian Bjornskov

    18. Cultural theory: The neglected variable in the craft of policy analysis

    Iris Geva-May

    19. Cultures of public policy problems

    Robert Hoppe

    20. Toward cultural analysis in policy analysis: Picking up where Aaron Wildavsky left off

    Brendon Swedlow

    21. Metachoice in policy analysis

    Aidan R. Vining, Anthony E. Boardman

    22. Introduction: The OECD and Policy Transfer: Comparative Case Studies

    Leslie A. Pal

    23. Learning Transferable Lessons from Single Cases in Comparative Policy Analysis

    Amanda Wolf, Karen Baehler


    Iris Geva-May has been recognized by Thomson Reuters for having pioneered the field of comparative policy analysis since 1998, when she founded the now high indexed Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. She serves as its Founding Editor. She is President of the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum Scholarly Society. She has published among others The Logic and Methodology of Policy Analysis, An Operational Approach to Policy Analysis (with Wildavsky), International Library of Policy Analysis, Routledge Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis, and Policy Analysis as a Clinical Profession. She is currently a Honorary Visiting Professor at SPPA, Carleton University, Ottawa, and the Wagner School NYU; and Professor Emerita, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.


    B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of Government at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, and Honorary Editor of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. He is also the Founding President of the International Public Policy Association and Editor of the International Review of Public Policy. He has been honored as the recipient of the Fred Riggs Award for Lifetime Achievement in Public Administration, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from NISPAcee. Among his seminal publications are: Comparative Politics Theory and Methods, Institutional Theory In Political Science0, The Politics of Bureaucracy: A Comparative Perspective, and An Advanced Introduction to Public Policy, The Next Public Administration.


    Joselyn Muhleisen serves as the Awards Coordinator for the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum and the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. She is a Doctoral Lecturer at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY). She earned her doctorate in political science from The Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the former Assistant Director of the European Union Studies Center, CUNY, New Yorkp. She has published work about the development of comparative policy analysis and its relationship to international studies.