Edited by B. Guy Peters and Guillaume Fontaine
Chapter 21: Trends in the development of comparative policy analysis
This chapter first charts the development of the field of comparative policy analytic studies and compares this relatively new domain with the trajectories of comparative politics, and comparative public administration. Then it identifies, maps and compares comparative policy scholarly publications in the EBSCO Academic Complete database and in the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice (JCPA). The JCPA is chosen because of its unique status as being explicitly and entirely devoted to the study of comparative policy analysis. As such it can serve as a case study for trends and practices in this field. The authors analyse the results of a content analysis of abstracts of articles in other journals and in the JCPA to map the prevalent topics, methods employed, and countries studied. They conclude by discussing the major trends in the work published in comparative policy analysis, the limitations of this work, and further areas for development. A clear finding is that the field of comparative policy analytic studies is on a sharp upward trajectory.
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