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, adhere to 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.
Aims and Scope
Contribute to comparative theory development
Present theory-based empirical research; offer comparative evaluations of research methods
Derive practice implications of theory-based research
Utilize conceptual heuristics of theory-based research
Draw lessons based on circumstances in which compared policy related issues have in common certain manipulable policy, program or institutional variables
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.
Special JCPA Sections
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.
JCPA Annual Award for the Best Comparative Article
The JCPA, and ICPA-Forum extend the Award for the Best Article in the JCPA.
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
Director, International Institution and Association Partnership
Nadia Rubaii, Binghamton University, U.S.
Coordinating Editor, Marketing and Statistics
Giliberto Capano, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy
Leslie Pal , Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
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
Andrea Pritoni, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy
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.