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.
The JCPA is published five times per year, is double-blind reviewed, and adheres to the highest quality of scholarship. It is indexed in Thomson Reuters SSCI as well as in five other main abstracts/indices.
The JCPA is affiliated with the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum (ICPA-Forum) scholarly association and serves as a publication avenue for several international research groups.
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.
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.
Criteria: The JCPA gives priority to comparative studies and expects submissions to reflect the Aims and Scope of the journal (see above).
Interdisciplinarity: The JCPA encourages interdisciplinary publications. Policy domains: are open to policy research enhanced in, e.g., immigration, health care, environment and climate change, education, security or human rights, welfare, transportation, bio-technology, among other areas. Functionally: articles may address research methods, public finance and budgeting, administrative reform, performance measurement, among other areas.
Special JCPA Sections: Policy Innovation, Comparative Policy Statistics, Discourse and Dialogue (Insights), Comparative Syllabi, Book Reviews. The JCPA welcomes submissions to each of these sections.
Special Symposia Publications: The JCPA welcomes proposals for Special Symposia Issues on a variety of topics and disciplines. Please visit our Calls for Papers at www.jcpa.ca/icpaf/calls/
The JCPA Annual Award for the Best Comparative Article: The JCPA, ICPA-Forum and Routledge extend the award for the Best Article in the JCPA.
The JCPA Annual Award for the Best Comparative Paper: The JCPA, ICPA-Forum and Routledge extend the award and opportunity to publish in the JCPA to adjudicated papers presented at conferences of the following international associations: APPAM, APSA, IPSA, FPSA, INPAE, MPSA, NASPAA, NISPAcee.
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Iris Geva-May, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada and Baruch College at City University of New York, US
Lawrence E. Lynn, University of Chicago, US (1997 - 2001)
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 Editors
Fred Thompson, Wilamette University, Oregon, US
Daniel L. Smith, NYU Wagner, New York, US
Comparative Policy Innovation Editors
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.