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About this Cambridge Elements series

The Cambridge Elements in Public Policy is a major publishing initiative designed to develop a concise yet authoritative collection of assessments of the state of the art and future research directions in public policy research as well as substantive new research on key topics.

Edited by leading scholars in the field, the Series is an ideal medium for reflecting on and advancing the understanding of critical issues in the public sphere. Collectively, the series provides a forum for broad and diverse coverage of all major topics in the field while integrating different disciplinary and methodological approaches.

The Series delivers both quality and timeliness: manuscripts undergo rigorous peer review but then are fast-tracked after formal acceptance so that they may appear quickly and lead research efforts in the field. Authors can develop a theme in greater detail without writing a full-length book as the length of an Element is approximately 25,000 words. Elements will be updatable, with the latest functionality on Cambridge’s new institutional platform (Core), as well as being available via low-priced print-on-demand (POD).

Areas of interest

The series is currently divided into three thematic clusters with more to be added in future:

•    Approaches, Methods and Techniques of Policy Studies
•    Policy Institutions and Processes
•    Policy Appraisal and Evaluation

These clusters allow coverage of wide range of specific topics, including essays on basic and advanced theories and concepts in the field, those concerned with the methods and practices of policy analysis, and those related to sectoral, national, international, and comparative policy-making.

About the editor - M. Ramesh

M. Ramesh is Professor of Social Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS). He previously worked at the University of Hong Kong, University of Sydney, University of New England, and Victoria University of Wellington. His research focusses on social policy in East and Southeast Asia, in addition to public policy institutions and processes. His books and journal articles on social policy in Asia are the standard starting points for research on the subject. He has published extensively in reputed international journals and is co-editor of Policy and Society.

About the editor - Michael Howlett

Michael Howlett is Burnaby Mountain Chair in the Department of Political Science, Simon Fraser University and Yong Pung How Chair Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS. He specializes in public policy analysis, political economy, and resource and environmental policy. He previously served as co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science and World Political Science Review. Most recently, he was associate editor of the Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research and administrative editor of Canadian Political Science Review. He is currently editor-in-chief of Policy Sciences and is co-editor of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis and Policy and Society. He also chairs RC30 (Comparative Public Policy) of IPSA and sits on the Executive of the ICPP.

About the editor - David L. Weimer

David L. Weimer is the Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has a long-standing interest in policy craft and has conducted policy research in the areas of energy, criminal justice, and health policy. In 2006 he served as president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and in 2013 he served as president of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

About the editor - Xun WU

Xun WU is Professor at the Division of Social Science and Division of Environment of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is a policy scientist with a strong interest in the linkage between policy analysis and public management, and his research interests include policy innovations, water resource management, health policy reform, and anti-corruption. Dr. Wu has been involved extensively in consultancy and executive education. He has consulted for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, UNEP, International Vaccine Institute, and government agencies on topics such as infrastructure planning and development, environmental and social impact assessment, design and implementation of randomized control trials, and public-private partnership.

About the editor - Judith Clifton

Judith Clifton is Professor of Economics at the University of Cantabria, Spain. She has published in leading policy journals, serves as a member of the editorial board on several journals and is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Policy Reform. Her interests include the determinants and consequences of public policy across a wide range of public services, from infrastructure to health, particularly in Europe and Latin America. Most recently, her research enquires how emerging technologies can transform public administration, a forward-looking cutting-edge project which received €3.5 million funding from the Horizon2020 programme.

About the editor - Eduardo Araral

Eduardo Araral specializes in the study of the causes and consequences of institutions for collective action and the governance of the commons. He is widely published in various journals and books and has presented in forty conferences. Ed has received twelve awards and recognitions, such as fellowships from the research centers of three Nobel Laureates (Economics) and the 2013 Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of the Commons. He is currently Vice Dean for Research at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS and is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and the board of the Public Management Research Association.

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