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Theory and Methods in Comparative Policy Analysis Studies

Volume One, 1st Edition

Edited by Iris Geva-May, B. Guy Peters, Joselyn Muhleisen


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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.

Table of Contents


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

About the Editors

Iris Geva-May has been recognized by Thomson Reuters for having pioneered the field of comparative policy analysis since 1998, when she founded the highly cited Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis in 1998, and the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum Scholarly Society. She is the author of numerous articles and books including The Logic and Methodology of Policy Analysis, An Operational Approach to Policy Analysis, Classics Comparative Policy Analysis, International Library of Comparative Policy Analysis, Routledge Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis, and Policy Analysis as a Clinical Profession. She is currently a Honorary Visiting Professor and Adjunct at SPPA, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada; Visiting Professor at the Wagner School NYU; and Professor Emerita, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of Government at the University of Pittsburgh, and Honorary Editor of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. He is also founding president of the International Public Policy Association and Editor of the International Review of Public Policy.

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. She earned her doctorate in political science from The Graduate Center, CUNY. She has published work about the development of comparative policy analysis and its relationship to international studies.

About the Series

Classics of Comparative Policy Analysis

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.

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