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Handbook of research methods and applications in comparative policy analysis, B. Guy Peters, Guillaume Fontain

"This timely Handbook offers a wide-ranging examination of contemporary comparative policy analysis (CPA), advancing the understanding of methodology in the study of comparative public policies, and broadening the array of methods and techniques deployed by scholars in the field. Internationally acclaimed contributors overcome the current concentration on quantitative techniques, engaging with a more conscious and comprehensive selection of methods to improve the quality of CPA. Providing an overview of the major theoretical issues currently under discussion in CPA and the methodological shift in social sciences, this Handbook argues for the utilization of a range of alternative approaches to maximize the utility of the research. Far-reaching and comprehensive, this Handbook offers an insightful overview of methods for researchers of CPA looking to broaden their methodological repertoire. It will also be useful for students of public policy and the social sciences in need of a guide to contemporary research methods and applications"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Contents: List of contributors -- 1 Introduction to the Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Comparative Policy Analysis / B. Guy Peters and Guillaume Fontaine. 1 Introduction: substance and methods in comparative policy analysis. 2 Theoretical issues. 3 Methodological issues. 4 Research design and methods selection. 5 Conclusion: the importance of method for comparative policy research and practice. PART I THE METHODOLOGICAL DEBATE -- 2 The comparative method and comparative policy analysis / B. Guy Peters. 1 Introduction. 2 Modes of analysis in comparative policy studies. 3 Sampling on the dependent variable. 4 The comparative method and case studies. 5 The possibility of hybrid designs. 6 Several thoughts on small-N research. 7 Conclusion: what, if anything, is special about comparative policy studies? -- 3 The most-similar and most-different systems design in comparative policy analysis / Carsten Anckar. 1 Introduction. 2 The most-similar systems design. 3 The most-different systems design. 4 Deductive and inductive research strategies. 5 Applying the most-similar systems design in deductive and inductive research. 6 Applying the most-different systems design in deductive and inductive research. 7 The most-similar and most-different systems designs compared. 8 Criticism and response. 9 The relevance of the most-similar and most-different systems in contemporary research. 10 Conclusion / 4 Can a case study test a theory? Types and tokens in comparative policy analysis / Keith Dowding. 1 Introduction. 2 What is a theory?. 3 Testing a theory as an invariant generalization. 4 Testing a theory as an empirical generalization. 5 Testing a theory as a mechanism. 6 Unique cases. 7 Conclusions -- PART II THEORETICAL CHALLENGES -- 5 Comparing policy processes: insights and lessons from the Advocacy Coalition Framework research program / Daniel Nohrstedt, Christopher M. Weible, Karin Ingold and Adam D. Henry. 1 Introduction. 2 Elements of comparison when applying the ACF. 3 Comparative ACF research: guidelines, experiences and shortcomings. 4 Insights and lessons. 5 Conclusion. 6 Comparing agenda-settings: the Comparative Agendas Project / Laura Chaqués Bonafont, Christoffer Green-Pedersen and Henrik Bech Seeberg. 1 Introduction. 2 Agenda-setting models. 3 Methodological developments. 4 Political agendas. 5 Measures of the agenda. 6 Future direction of policy agenda research -- 7 Comparing historical cases: advances in comparative historical research / Grace Jaramillo. 1 Introduction. 2 Comparative historical analysis. 3 Maximizing process tracing results. 4 Indexes as tools of organizing and validating results. 5 Case study: assessing industrial policy using an index of intervention. 6 Conclusions -- 8 Comparing international policy transfers / Osmany Porto de Oliveira. 1 Introduction. 2 The comparative analysis of policy transfers: a challenge, solution, and opportunity / 3 Beyond comparative country analysis: transnational comparison. 4 Issues, questions, and concepts for policy transfers comparative analysis. 5 What and how should we compare in international policy transfers analysis?. 6 Comparing transfer agents, instruments, and arenas. 7 Conclusion / PART III MEASUREMENT AND EXPERIMENTAL METHODS -- 9 Using experiments in comparative policy analysis: from policy evaluation to the policy process / Peter John. 1 Introduction. 2 What are experiments?. 3 Causal inference. 4 The history of experiments in public policy. 5 Elite experiments. 6 Conclusions: lessons for students of the policy process. 10 Measuring change in comparative policy analysis: concepts and empirical approaches / Jale Tosun and Julia Schnepf. 1 Introduction. 2 Conceptualizing policy change. 3 The multi-dimensional approach to measuring policy change. 4 The budget approach to measuring policy change. 5 The diffusion approach to measuring policy change. 6 The outcome approach to measuring policy change. 7 Discussion and conclusion -- 11 Using indexes in comparative policy analysis: global comparisons / Tero Erkkilä. 1 Introduction. 2 Background. 3 Governance indicators and critique of ranking. 4 Towards second-generation measurements: transparency metrics. 5 Measurement issues in regional and city-level indicators. 6 Summary. 7 Conclusions -- 12 Using text-as-data methods in comparative policy analysis / Fabrizio Gilardi and Bruno Wüest. 1 Introduction. 2 Text-as-data applications in comparative policy analysis: an overview. 3 Text-as-data in practice. 4 Methods. 5 New directions of text-as-data applications. 6 Conclusion -- PART IV MIXED METHODS AND MULTI-METHODS -- 13 Critical multiplism for comparative policy analysis / William N. Dunn and B. Guy Peters. 1 Introduction. 2 Critical multiplism and mixed methods. 3 Some mixed-methods designs. 4 Bounding multiple triangulation. 5 Conclusions. 14 Causal case studies for comparative policy analysis / Derek Beach. 1 Introduction. 2 Key terms. 3 Variance-based versus case-based approaches to studying public policies. 4 How to do case-based studies of policy processes. 5 Conclusions -- 15 Qualitative Comparative Analysis for comparative policy analysis / Eva Thomann. 1 Introduction. 2 QCA as a technique. 3 QCA in comparative public policy analysis. 4 Approaches to QCA in comparative public policy. 5 A case-oriented or condition-oriented approach to cases. 6 A theory-generating or theory-evaluating mode of reasoning. 7 Emphasizing substantively interpretable or redundancy-free models. 8 Conclusions -- 16 Process tracing for comparative policy analysis: a realist approach / Guillaume Fontaine. 1 Introduction: a popular method. 2 Methodology. 3 A template for realist process tracing. 4 Conclusion: process tracing for policy learning
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