RC30 - Comparative Public Policy


Prof Darryl Jarvis

The Education University of Hong Kong
Department of Asian & Policy Studies
Hong Kong

Phone: +852 2947 7472


Prof Claire Dunlop

University of Exeter
Department of Politics, Amory Building
Rennes Drive
Exeter, Devon EX4 4RJ
United Kingdom


M. Howlett, Canada– Secretary
B. Head, Australia - Treasurer
L. Botteriil, Australia
G. Capano , Italy
I. Geva-May, USA
E. Heidbreder, Germany
C. Knill, Germany
R. Lejano, USA
M. Mintrom, Australia
M. Ramesh, Singapore
C. Rothmayr-Allison
A. Taeihagh
K. Weaver (USA)
X. Wu (Hong Kong)


Research committee created in 2011.


RC30 conducts theoretically-informed comparative studies of policies and policy processes with the explicit aim of testing and refining existing models and frameworks as well as, where possible, developing new additions to the policy studies literature.

The RC research currently focuses on four areas of work:

  1. The explanation of policy evolution over time,
  2. The examination from a comparative perspective of existing general theories, models and frameworks of policy processes and outcomes from an explicitly comparative perspective,
  3. The examination from a comparative perspective of more specific models and frameworks dealing with, for example,the role(s) or key actors, discourses and structures in the policy process or the operation of specific stages or phases of policy-making activities
  4. The methodological, epistemological and other conceptual aspects pertaining to investigations and theorization of numbers 1-3 above.