Skip to main content
×
Home
    • Aa
    • Aa

Has Simeon's Vision Prevailed among Canadian Policy Scholars?

  • Éric Montpetit (a1), Christine Rothmayr Allison (a1) and Isabelle Engeli (a2)
Abstract
Abstract

Concerned by the proliferation of idiosyncratic prescriptive case studies in the nascent subfield of policy studies, Richard Simeon, in his seminal 1976 article, asked scholars to produce more comparative policy research that aimed at explaining general events and contributing to theory building. The extent to which Simeon's vision materialized remains debated. With a view to informing this debate, we conducted a systematic content analysis of the articles published in five major generalist public policy journals from 1980 to 2015. The analysis reveals that Canadian policy scholars took a comparative turn, publishing more territorial, sector and time comparisons than in the past. We also found evidence that theoretical knowledge accumulation is more important today for Canadian authors than it was when Simeon wrote his article.

Résumé

Préoccupé par la prolifération d’études de cas prescriptives et idiosyncratiques, Richard Simeon, dans son article classique de 1976 appelait les chercheurs en politiques publiques à développer la recherche comparative dans le but d'expliquer des phénomènes généraux et de produire des théories. Jusqu’à quel point la vision de Simeon s'est elle matérialisée demeure sujet à débat. Dans le but de contribuer à ce débat, nous avons réalisé une analyse systématique du contenu des articles publiés entre 1980 et 2015 dans cinq revues majeures à caractère généraliste dans le domaine des politiques publiques. L'analyse révèle que les spécialistes canadiens des politiques publiques ont pris un tournant comparatif, publiant plus de comparaisons de territoires, de secteurs et de périodes que dans le passé. Des indicateurs nous permettent aussi de conclure que l'accumulation de connaissances théoriques est plus importante aujourd'hui pour les chercheurs canadiens qu'elle ne l’était à l’époque où Simeon a rédigé son article

Copyright
Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

William C. Adams , Donna Lind Infeld , Laura F. Minnichelli and Michael W. Ruddell . 2014. “Policy Journal Trends and Tensions: JPAM and PSJ.” Policy Studies Journal 42 (April): S11837. doi:10.1111/psj.12051.

Charles W. Anderson 1971. “Comparative Policy Analysis: The Design of Measures.” Comparative Politics 4 (1): 117. doi:10.2307/421437.

Michael M. Atkinson 2013. “Policy, Politics and Political Science.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 46 (04): 751–72. doi:10.1017/S000842391300084X.

Daniel Béland and Alex Waddan . 2015. “Breaking Down Ideas and Institutions: The Politics of Tax Policy in the USA and the UK.” Policy Studies 36 (2): 176–95. doi:10.1080/01442872.2014.1000845.

Colin J. Bennett 1990. “The Formation of a Canadian Privacy Policy: The Art and Craft of Lesson-Drawing.” Canadian Public Administration 33 (4): 551–70. doi:10.1111/j.1754-7121.1990.tb01417.x.

Paul Cairney . 2013. “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: How Do We Combine the Insights of Multiple Theories in Public Policy Studies?Policy Studies Journal 41 (1): 121. doi:10.1111/psj.12000.

Benjamin Cashore and Michael Howlett . 2007. “Punctuating Which Equilibrium? Understanding Thermostatic Policy Dynamics in Pacific Northwest Forestry.” American Journal of Political Science 51 (3): 532–51. doi:10.1111/j.1540-5907.2007.00266.x.

Arthur Cyr , and Peter deLeon . 1975. “Comparative Policy Analysis.” Policy Sciences 6 (4): 375–84. doi:10.1007/BF00142380.

David J. Elkins and Richard E. B. Simeon . 1979. “A Cause in Search of Its Effect, or What Does Political Culture Explain?Comparative Politics 11: 127–45.

Isabelle Engeli and Christine Rothmayr Allison , eds. 2014. Comparative Policy Studies: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges. Houndmills, Basingstoke; New York NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Elliot J. Feldman , Arnold J. Heidenheimer , Hugh Heclo , Carolyn Teich Adams , T. Alexander Smith , Jack Hayward and Michael Watson . 1978. “Comparative Public Policy: Field or Method?Comparative Politics 10 (2): 287. doi:10.2307/421650.

Frank Fischer and John Forester . 1993. The Argumentative Turn in Policy Analysis and Planning. London: UCL Press.

Frank Fisher . 2003. Reframing Public Policy: Discursive Politics and Deliberative Practices. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Frank Fisher , Anna Douglas Torgerson Durnová and Michael Orsini , eds. 2016. Handbook of Critical Policy Studies. Handbooks of Research on Public Policy Series. Northampton MA: Edward Elgar.

Bent Flyvbjerg . 2001. Making Social Science Matter: Why Social Inquiry Fails and How It Can Succeed Again. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Aude-Claire Fourot , Rachel Sarrasin and Grant Holly . 2011. “Comparer le Québec: approches, enjeux, spécificités.” Politique et Sociétés 30 (1): 3. doi:10.7202/1006056ar.

Maarten A. Hajer and Hendrik Wagenaar , eds. 2003. Deliberative Policy Analysis: Understanding Governance in the Network Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Peter A. Hall and Rosemary C. R. Taylor . 1996. “Political Science and the Three New Institutionalism.” Political Studies 44: 936–57.

Richard I. Hofferbert 1974. The Study of Public Policy. The Bobbs-Merrill Policy Analysis Series. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill.

Howard Leichter . 1977. “Comparative Public Policy: Problems and Prospects.” Policy Studies Journal 5 (s1): 583–96. doi:10.1111/j.1541-0072.1977.tb01116.x.

Jack Levy . 2008. “Case Studies: Types, Designs, and Logics of Inference.” Conflict Management and Peace Science 25 (1): 118. doi:10.1080/07388940701860318.

Éric Montpetit , André Blais and Martial Foucault . 2008. “What Does It Take for a Canadian Political Scientist to Be Cited?Social Science Quarterly 89: 802–16.

Alain Noël . 2014. “Studying Your Own Country: Social Scientific Knowledge for Our Times and Places.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 47 (04): 647–66. doi:10.1017/S0008423914001085.

Elinor Ostrom . 1990. Governing the Commons. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Richard Rose . 1973a. “Concepts for Comparison.” Policy Studies Journal 1 (3): 122–27. doi:10.1111/j.1541-0072.1973.tb00083.x.

Richard Rose . 1973b. “Comparing Public Policy: An Overview.” European Journal of Political Research 1 (1): 6794. doi:10.1111/j.1475-6765.1973.tb01283.x.

Edella Schlager and Christopher M. Weible . 2013. “New Theories of the Policy Process: Policy Process.” Policy Studies Journal 41 (3): 389–96. doi:10.1111/psj.12030.

Richard Simeon . 1976. “Studying Public Policy.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 9: 548–80.

Deborah A. Stone 1989. “Causal Stories and the Formation of Policy Agendas.” Political Science Quarterly 104: 281300.

Andrew Stritch . 2015. “The Advocacy Coalition Framework and Nascent Subsystems: Trade Union Disclosure Policy in Canada: ACF and Nascent Subsystems.” Policy Studies Journal 43 (4): 437–55. doi:10.1111/psj.12112.

Zack Taylor and Gabriel Eidelman . 2010. “Canadian Political Science and the City: A Limited Engagement.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 43 (04): 961–81. doi:10.1017/S0008423910000715.

Matt Wilder , and Michael Howlett . 2014. “The Politics of Policy Anomalies: Bricolage and the Hermeneutics of Paradigms.” Critical Policy Studies 8 (2): 183202. doi:10.1080/19460171.2014.901175.

Dvora Yanow . 2007. “Interpretation in Policy Analysis: On Methods and Practice.” Critical Policy Studies 1: 110–22.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique
  • ISSN: 0008-4239
  • EISSN: 1744-9324
  • URL: /core/journals/canadian-journal-of-political-science-revue-canadienne-de-science-politique
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 7
Total number of PDF views: 61 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 158 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between 18th January 2017 - 26th September 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.