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The Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice (JCPA) has pioneered comparative policy studies since 1998 and is the only explicitly comparative journal of policy analytic studies.It aims to stimulate the intellectual development of comparative policy studies and the growth of an international community of scholars exploring global inter- and intra-policy making.
The JCPA is affiliated with the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum (ICPA-Forum) scholarly association.
The JCPA invites manuscripts that adhere to the highest quality of scholarship; the JCPA Aims and Scope (below); and makes significant contributions to the theory, methodology and empirical analysis of comparative policy studies, public affairs and administration. It is published five times per year and is rigorously double-blind reviewed.
JCPA Aims and Scope
The JCPA published scholarship aims to capture differences or similarities in policy issues as well as the role of comparative policy analysis both within and between social units. It contributes to:
Comparative Theory Development
Comparative Theory Testing
Comparative Methodology Development
The Evaluation of Comparative Research Methods
Comparative Empirical Policy Research
The Practice Implications of Comparative Public Policy
Lesson-Drawing and Extrapolation
The JCPA encourages interdisciplinary publications:
Policy domains are open to policy domains such as immigration, health care, environment andclimate change, education, security,human rights, welfare, transportation, bio-technology, etc.
Functionally, articles may address comparative research methodology, public finance, budgeting, administrative reform, performance measurement, etc.
The JCPA welcomes submissions to each of these sections: Policy Innovation; Comparative Policy Statistics; Dialogue, Debates, and Controversies; Comparative Syllabi; and Book Reviews.
Special Symposia Publications
The JCPA welcomes proposals for Special Symposia Issues on a variety of topics and disciplines. Please visit our Calls for Papers.
Annual Award for the Best Comparative Article
The JCPA and ICPA-Forum extend the 'Award for the Best Article in the JCPA.'
Annual Award for the Best Comparative Paper
The JCPA and ICPA-Forum extend the 'Award for the Best Comparative Paper' at ten International Partner Associations Conferences.
Iris Geva-May, Baruch College at City University of New York & SFU, Vancouver, Canada
B. Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh, U.S.
Michael Howlett, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada & National University of Singapore
Helen Ingram, University of Arizona, Tucson
Giliberto Capano, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy
Leslie Pal , Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Director, International Institution and Association Partnership
Nadia Rubaii, Binghamton University, U.S.
Book Review Editor
John A. Hird, University of Massachusetts Amherst, U.S.
Comparative Policy Statistics Editor
Fred Thompson, Wilamette University, Oregon, U.S.
Frank Heiland, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College at City University of New York, U.S.
Comparative Policy Innovation Editors
Anthony Boardman, University of British Columbia, Canada
Aidan Vining, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Comparative Policy Forum: Dialogue, Debates, Controversies Editors
Frank Fischer, Rutgers University, U.S.
Philippe Zittoun, University of Lyon, France
Comparative Syllabi Editor
Marleen Brans, KU Leuven, Belgium
Diana Walker, Simon Fraser University, Canada
JCPA Comparative Awards Coordinator
Joselyn Muhleison, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College at City University of New York, U.S.
JCPA Media Coordinator
Athanassios Gouglas, KU Leuven, Belgium
JCPA is abstracted/indexed:Thomson Reuters - Social Sciences Citation Index and Web of Science; ABI/Inform; CSA - Risk Abstracts (online); International Bibliography of the Social Sciences; International Political Science Abstracts; Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS); Social Work Abstracts; CSA - Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management.