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

The Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice (JCPA) is a double-blind peer reviewed journal, indexed in Thomson Reuters SSCI as well as five abstracts/indices, adhering to the highest quality scholarship. Published five times per year, the JCPA is the only explicitly comparative journal of policy analytic studies. It invites manuscripts that make a contribution to the field of comparative policy studies and/or in relation with public affairs, administration and management.

The JCPA aims to stimulate the intellectual development of comparative policy studies and the growth of an international community of scholars in the field.

Criteria: The JCPA gives priority to comparative studies and expects submissions not to be limited to, and rather go beyond, international comparisons. The articles should contribute to comparative: 1) theory development; 2) theory-based empirical research; 3) evaluations of comparative research methods; 4) policy practice implications; 5) theory based research; 6) conceptual heuristics (rules) to interpret practice; 7) lesson-drawing based on circumstances in which domains that are compared have in common some manipulable policy, program, or institutional variable. 

Interdisciplinarity: The JCPA encourages interdisciplinary publications which include a variety of policy domains such as, immigration, health care, environment and climate change, education including higher education, security or human rights, welfare, transportation, bio-technology, and others. Functionally articles can address, for instance, research methods, policy analytic methodology, technology transfer, public finance, budgeting practice, administrative reform, performance measurement, and others.

Special Symposia Publications: The journal welcomes proposals for Special Symposia Issues on a variety of topics and disciplines.
Special JCPA Sections:  The JCPA welcomes proposals on a variety of topics and policy domains and encourages submissions to the following special sections: Policy Innovation, Comparative Policy Statistics, Discourse (Insights), Comparative Syllabi and Book Review. Please visit our Calls for Papers at


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Founding Editor-in-Chief

Iris Geva-May, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada and Baruch College at City University of New York, US

B. Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh, US and Michael Howlett Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Founding Co-Editor

Lawrence E. Lynn, University of Chicago, US (1997 - 2001)

Past Co-Editor

John Ellwood, University of California at Berkeley, US (2001 - 2002)

Book Review Editor

Louise Comfort, University of Pittsburgh, US

John A. Hird, University of Massachusetts Amherst, US

Comparative Policy Statistics Editor

 Dennis C. Smith, NYU Wagner, New York, US

Comparative Policy Innovation Editors

   Anthony Boardman, University of British Columbia & Aidan Vining, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

Comparative Syllabi Editor

Marleen Brans, KU Leuven, Belgium

JCPA is abstracted/indexed: 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; Thomson Reuters - Social Sciences Citation Index and Web of Science.