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.

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 promotes 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 comparative research methodology, public finance and budgeting, administrative reform, performance measurement, among other areas.

Special JCPA Sections: Policy Innovation; Comparative Policy Statistics; Dialogue, Debates, and Controversies; Comparative Syllabi; and 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

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. Note: All papers will be submitted through the double-blind peer review process.


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Founding Editor-in-Chief

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

B. Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh, US

Michael Howlett Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

Book Review Editor

John A. Hird, University of Massachusetts Amherst, US

Comparative Policy Statistics Editor

Fred Thompson, Wilamette University, Oregon, US

Comparative Policy Innovation Editors

   Anthony Boardman, University of British Columbia

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

Coordinating Editor, Marketing and Statistics

Giliberto Capano, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy

Editorial Director

Diana Walker, Simon Fraser University, Canada


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.