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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


André-Noel Roth


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Brian Head

The University of Queensland
Institute for Social Science Research

Substantive Focus:
Environmental Policy
Governance
Social Policy
Comparative Public Policy

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

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Public Policy Section Award Winners


Peter J. May

University of Washington



Ashley E. Jochim

University of Washington



Joshua Sapotichne

Michigan State University

Theodore J. Lowi Policy Studies Journal Best Article Award to recognize an article of particular distinction published in PSJ.

"Constructing Homeland Security: An Anemic Policy Regime," Policy Studies Journal 39 (2), 2011: 285-307.