Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis
Research and Practice

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

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Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis


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; 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.

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The JCPA published scholarship aims to capture differences or similarities in policy issues as well as the role of comparative policy analysis both within and between social units. It contributes to:

  • Comparative Theory Development

  • Comparative Theory Testing

  • Comparative Methodology Development

  • The Evaluation of Comparative Research Methods

  • Comparative Empirical Policy Research

  • The Practice Implications of Comparative Public Policy

  • Lesson-Drawing and Extrapolation

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 Sections
The JCPA welcomes submissions to each of these sections: Policy Innovation; Comparative Policy Statistics and Analytics; 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 &
Special Issue manuscript submissions.

Annual Award for the Best Comparative Article
The JCPA and ICPA-Forum extend the 'Award for the Best Article in the 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.




Founding Editor-in-Chief

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

Executive Editor

Leslie Pal , Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada


B. Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh, US

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

Helen Ingram, University of Arizona, Tucson

Giliberto Capano, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy

Director, International Institution and Association Partnership

Nadia Rubaii, Binghamton University, US

Executive Advisor

Beryl A. Radin, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Associate Editors

Book Review

John A. Hird, University of Massachusetts Amherst, US

Comparative Policy Statistics and Analytics

Fred Thompson, Wilamette University, Oregon, US

Frank Heiland, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College at City University of New York, US

Comparative Policy Innovation

   Anthony Boardman, University of British Columbia, Canada

Aidan Vining, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

Comparative Policy Forum: Dialogue, Debates, Controversies

Frank Fischer, Rutgers University, US

Philippe Zittoun, University of Lyon, France

Comparative Syllabi

Marleen Brans, KU Leuven, Belgium

Executive Secretary and Treasurer

Courtney Scott, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College at City University of New York, US

Editorial Manager

Diana Walker, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Editorial Associate

Johanu Botha, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carlenton University, Ottawa, Canada

Editorial Book Review Associate

Mia Costa,University of Massachusetts Amherst, US

JCPA Comparative Awards Coordinator

Joselyn Muhleison, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College at City University of New York, US

JCPA Media Coordinator

Athanassios Gouglas, KU Leuven, Belgium

Digital Editor and Content Curator

Maria Jose Calderon, Universidad de las Americas, Quito, Ecuador

Secretarial Assistant

Monica Buestan Lojano, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College at City University of New York, US

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.