Theory and Methods in Comparative Policy Analysis Studies contains chapters that address questions about theory and methodology in the comparative study of public policy.
Throughout the volume many chapters engage in theory building and framework elaboration. They point out the relevance of theoretical approaches drawn from the social sciences, as well as some approaches that are distinctive to policy analysis. Other chapters are concerned with addressing the utility of various comparative methodological approaches, and discuss developments in the methodology of policy analysis These chapters therefore form a foundation for understanding the importance, and the challenges, of comparative policy analysis and comparative policy studies.
Theory and Methods in Comparative Policy Analysis Studies will be of great interest to scholars of public policy and social science more generally. The chapters were originally published as articles in the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis and 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.
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
6. Comparing complex policies: Lessons from a public health case
7. Understanding Policy Change as an Epistemological and Theoretical Problem
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
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
12. Policy Innovations: Towards an Analytic Framework
13. Exploring the Concept of Governability
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
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
19. Cultures of public policy problems
20. Toward cultural analysis in policy analysis: Picking up where Aaron Wildavsky left off
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
The Classics of Policy Analysis is a collection of the most representative articles in the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (JCPA) on its 20th anniversary. The JCPA has "pioneered the domain of comparative policy analysis" studies since 1998 and is still the only journal explicitly devoted to promoting comparative policy studies. The articles published in the JCPA have become classics of the field of comparative policy analytic studies, and have established it as a distinctive field of study since (Thomson Reuters 2008; Radin 2013: Geva-May, Hoffman and Muhleisen 2018). The papers published over the last two decades in JCPA are explicitly comparative and could be viewed as cornerstones of comparative public policy analysis theory, methodology, policy inter-disciplinarity, and inter-regional scholarship. Contributors include founders of the field of policy analysis, comparative politics and comparative public administration and management from which comparative policy analysis has derived: Peter deLeon, Duncan McRae, Laurence E. Lynn, B. Guy Peters, Beryl Radin, David Weimer, Frans Van Nispen, Yukio Adachi, as well as second and third generation policy analysis scholars who have set high scholarship bars in advancing the field.