Policy analysis in sub-national governments

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Abstract

It seems that a consensus has developed among scholars of public policy that not enough research has been conducted on policy analysis at the sub-national level (Bernier & Howlett, 2012; Howlett & Newman, 2010; Jennings & Hall, 2012; McArthur, 2007; Phillimore & Arklay, 2015; Veselý, Wellstead & Evans, 2014). Paradoxically, this slow development of research into sub-national policy analysis has coincided with a growing interest among scholars and practitioners in policy analysis in general and especially in evidence-based policy (Head, 2013; Legrand, 2012; Newman, Cherney & Head, 2016; Sanderson, 2011; Tseng & Nutley, 2014). It is possible, though unfortunate, that states and provinces and other subordinate units of government might be seen by some as being inferior to, and therefore less interesting than, national governments (McArthur, 2007).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis
EditorsMarleen Brans, Iris Geva-May, Michael Howlett
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter8
Pages118-130
Number of pages13
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781315660561
ISBN (Print)9781138959774
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2017
Externally publishedYes

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