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Winter 2016

JCPA Editor Iris Geva-May

Message from the President and Editor-In-Chief

In this newsletter, we announce exciting news for Baruch College of the City University of New York’s School of Public and International Affairs, new institutional members, new JCPA and ICPA-Forum positions, award winners, upcoming meetings and new publications.
With best wishes for a successful new academic year,
Iris Geva-May

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Baruch College Of The City University Of New York Receives Generous Transformational Gift And Announces The Austin W. Marxe School Of Public And International Affairs (MSPIA)

We are happy to congratulate the JCPA and ICPA-Forum host institution, the School of Public and International Affairs on being granted the Austin W. Marxe generous donation, which will impact its visibility, prestige and programming. On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, President Mitchel B. Wallerstein announced that Baruch received a gift of $30 million from alumnus Austin W. Marxe (BBA ’65, center), which will endow and name the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs (MSPIA). Concurrently, David S. Birdsell, PhD, who has served as dean for the past 10 years, is being named the Marxe Dean and Professor.

JCPA’S 2015 Impact Factor Increases Yet Again!

Congratulations To The Winner Of The Appam And ICPA-forum Best Comparative Paper Award

The ICPA-Forum Scholarly Society and the Joint International Adjudication Committee of APPAM and the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, including Antonia Maioni (McGill University, Chair), Beryl Radin (Georgetown University), Marleen Brans (Leuven University), and Guillaume Fontaine (The Latin Faculty for Social Sciences, FLASCO) congratulates APPAM and ICPA-Forum Best Comparative Paper Award to:

Dr. Jason Heyes
Sheffield University Management School, United Kingdom

for his paper
“Toward a Comparative Analysis of Labour Administration Systems”

The committee said the following about the paper:

“The paper presents a fine review on the comparative differences in labour administration, and may serve as a resource for other, more narrowly focused research. The paper provides the basis for a framework that might be used in other systems beyond labour administration and it might be consulted and cited for more specialised research.”

We extend our thanks to the committee members for their service, and to Tara Sheehan, Executive Director of APPAM, for making the award possible.

New Institutional Sponsoring Member

The JCPA and ICPA-Forum are proud to announce that Charles University in Prague, one of the founding sponsors of the JCPA and ICPA-Forum, has renewed its Institutional Membership with the JCPA and ICPA-Forum. We thank Professors Arnost Vasely and Martin Potucek for their efforts to make this happen.

JCPA AND ICPA-Forum Strategic Meeting Held On October 19, 2016

In order to take the JCPA and the ICPA-Forum to the next level and ensure sustainability, JCPA and ICPA-Forum leadership met for a Strategic Meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, prior to the NASPAA conference.

New Leadership Positions

The JCPA and ICPA-Forum is proud to announce the following new positions:

  • Leslie A. Pal – Executive Editor, Carleton University, Canada
  • Beryl Radin – Executive Advisor, Georgetown University, USA
  • Courtney Scott – Executive Secretary and Treasurer, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College of the City University of New York, USA
  • Johanu Bohta – Editorial Associate, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

JCPA Launches New Free To Access Virtual Special Issue On Comparative Health Policy

JCPA Executive Editor Leslie A. Pal has curated a free access virtual special issue on comparative health policy. Health care is one of the single largest policy fields for any government. It is central to the modern welfare state, and a field that demands comparative policy analysis. Over the years, the JCPA has published leading articles on different aspects of comparative health policy analysis. To make it easier for researchers in the field, we have compiled a list of these papers and made them completely free to access until 31 December 2016. Read the collection here.

New JCPA Article Online Now – From Forthcoming Special Issues

From a forthcoming Special Issue on ‘Comparative Theory Testing and Theory Building: The Case of Policy Change in Latin America’, with Guest Editor Guillaume Fontaine

Determinants of Policy Change in Latin America: A Comparison of Social Security Reform in Chile and Uruguay (1973–2000)
Rossana Castiglioni
Pages: 1-17 | DOI: 10.1080/13876988.2016.1227526

Visit The JCPA’s New Resource Page For Quality Comparative Policy Analysis Research

The JCPA has launched a new resource page, complete with highly cited and most read papers and topical virtual special issues. Click here to start reading.

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Read Our Latest Special Issue On Government Indices, Politics And Expert Knowledge | Guest Editors Tero Erkkliä, B. Guy Peters & Ossi Piironen


Politics of Comparative Quantification: The Case of Governance Metrics
Author: Tero Erkkilä, B. Guy Peters & Ossi Piironen

Research Articles

Comparing Freedom House Democracy Scores to Alternative Indices and Testing for Political Bias: Are US Allies Rated as More Democratic by Freedom House?
Author: Nils D. Steiner

Transfer Agents, Knowledge Authority, and Indices of Regulatory Quality: A Comparative Analysis of the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Author: Fabrizio De Francesco

Effects of Indicator Use: A Comparison of Poverty Measuring Instruments at the World Bank
Author: Katja Freistein

Global Governance Indices as Policy Instruments: Actionability, Transparency and Comparative Policy Analysis
Author: Tero Erkkilä

The Politics of Green Knowledge: A Comparative Study of Support for and Resistance to Sustainability and Environmental Indicators
Author: Jean-Pierre Le Bourhis

Comparative Statistics

Under-Five Mortality: Comparing National Levels and Changes over the Last Decade Across Low-Income Countries
Author: John Richards & Aidan R. Vining

Thank you for taking the time to read the JCPA Fall Newsletter.

Kind regards,
Iris Geva-May
Editor of The Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice