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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


Kishore Gawande

Texas A&M
Bush School of Government

Substantive Focus:
Environmental Policy
International Relations

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Kristin Goss

Duke University
Sanford School of Public Policy

Substantive Focus:
Law and Policy
Social Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation

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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?"