Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice

Affiliated with the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum: Furthering the aims and scope of JCPA

Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group



Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis

MISSION: 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 who research the challenges and benefits of global inter- and intra-policy making.

Published five times per year, and double blind-fold reviewed at the highest of scholarly standards, the JCPA invites manuscripts that make a significant contribution to the theory, methodology and empirical analysis of comparative policy studies as well as their relation to public affairs, administration and management. Submissions need not necessarily compare two social units but address the AIMS and SCOPE of the journal. The JCPA encourages interdisciplinary publications in a wide range of public policy domains.

CRITERIA: The JCPA  expects submissions to be of highest scholarly standards and reflect its Aims and Scope


  • Contribute to comparative theory development;
  • Present theory-based empirical research;esent theory-based empirical research;
  • Offer comparative evaluations of research methods;
  • Derive the practice implications of theory-based research;
  • Use conceptual heuristics to interpret practice;
  • Draw lessons based on circumstances in which compared policy related issues have in common certain manipulable policy, program, or institutional variables.


  • JCPA Sections: Policy Innovation; Comparative Policy Statistics; Dialogue, Debates, Controversies; Comparative Syllabi; Book Reviews.
  • Special Symposia Publications: The JCPA welcomes proposals for Special Symposia Issues on a variety of topics and disciplines. See Calls for Papers at
  • The JCPA ANNUAL AWARD for the Best Comparative Article:  Extended by JCPA, ICPA-Forum and Routledge.
  • The JCPA ANNUAL AWARD for the Best Comparative Paper at PARTNER ASSOCIATIONS CONFERENCES: APPAM, APSA, IPSA, FPSA, INPAE, MPSA, NASPAA, NISPAcee. The awardee are invited to submit their papers to the JCPA ( double-blind peer review applies).


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Founding Editor-in-Chief

Iris Geva-May, Baruch College at City University of New York & SFU, Vancouver, Canada

B. Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh, US

Michael Howlett, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada & National University of Singapore

Coordinating Editor, Marketing and Statistics

Giliberto Capano, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy

Special Issues

Leslie Pal , Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Director, International Institution and Association Partnership

Nadia Rubaii, Binghamton University, US

Book Review Editor

John A. Hird, University of Massachusetts Amherst, US

Comparative Policy Statistics Editor

Fred Thompson, Wilamette University, Oregon, US

Frank Heiland, SPA, Baruch College at City University of New York, US

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, US

Philippe Zittoun, University of Lyon, France

Comparative Syllabi Editor

Marleen Brans, KU Leuven, Belgium

Editorial Director

Diana Walker, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Editorial Associate

Andrea Pritoni, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy

JCPA Comparative Awards Coordinator

Joselyn Muhleison, SPA, Baruch College at City University of New York, US

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.