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Each year, the Yearbook provides retrospective review articles in a wide range of policy subfields. These articles are peer-reviewed and summarize the most recent developments in policy scholarship, providing an accessible reference to who is studying what, where, and how in the field of public policy.

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The Yearbook contains a detailed international listing of policy scholars with contact information, fields of specialization, research references, and an individual scholar’s statements of current and future research interests. The intent is to provide a reasonably comprehensive and accessible reference to the most recent scholarship on all aspects of public policy, as well as indications of future research directions.

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Evolving Scholarship in Public Policy

We are pleased to present the sixth edition of the Public Policy Yearbook. Each year, dating back to its launch in 2009, we have used the content of the Yearbook to develop indicators for tracking developments in public policy scholarship. While we recognize that trends we can identify are only representative of the sample of Yearbook scholars, the patterns of scholarly focus have remained quite stable despite a more than doubling our membership over the 2009-2014 period. In this introductory article, following a brief a description of the Yearbook, we take a comparative look at how research trends in the Yearbook have evolved over the last six years.

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Remembering Paul Armand Sabatier

Paul Sabatier

June 17, 1944 –
Feb. 3, 2013

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Featured Policy Experts

David Nice

Washington State University
Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

Substantive Focus:
Defense and Security
Social Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation
Policy Analysis and Evaluation
Public Opinion

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Thomas Widmer

University of Zurich
Department of Politcal Science

Substantive Focus:
Education Policy
Energy and Natural Resource Policy
Environmental Policy
Health Policy
International Relations
Comparative Public Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory
Policy Analysis and Evaluation

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Public Policy Section Award Winners

William T. Gormley Jr., Deborah Phillips and Shirley Adelstein

Georgetown University

Catherine Snow

Federal Bureau of Investigation

2011 Theodore Lowi Award for the best article in Policy Studies Journal

"Head Start's Comparative Advantage: Myth or Reality?"