Sonja Blum

University of Leuven
Public Governance Institute

Parkstraat 45
Leuven
Belgium
3000
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My research interests are in comparative public policy, social policy, and theories of the policy process such as the multiple-streams framework. I have investigated family policy change in different European countries, focusing on the role of policy ideas, policy learning and policy transfers. My on-going research programme is on policy analysis and research utilisation in the policy process.

Citation:
Blum, Sonja, and Marleen Brans. 2017, forthcoming. “Academic Policy Analysis and Research Utilization for Policymaking.” Marleen Brans, Iris Geva-May and Michael Howlett, eds. Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis. London: Routledge.
Citation:
Blum, Sonja, and Johanna Kuhlmann. 2016. “Crisis? What crisis? Restructuring the German Welfare System in Times of Unexpected Prosperity.” Klaus Schubert, Paloma de Villota, and Johanna Kuhlmann, eds. Challenges to European Welfare Systems (pp. 133-58). Heidelberg: Springer.
URL: http://www.springer.com/de/book/9783319076799
Citation:
Blum, Sonja, Lenka Formánková, and Ivana Dobrotic. 2014. “Family Policies in ‘Hybrid’ Welfare Sates After the Crisis: Pathways Between Policy Expansion and Retrenchment.” Social Policy & Administration, 48(4): 468-91.
URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/spol.12071/abstract
Citation:
Blum, Sonja. 2014. “No Need to Reinvent the Wheel: Family Policy Transfers in Germany and Austria.” Policy Studies, 35(4): 357-76.
URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01442872.2013.875153
Citation:
Blum, Sonja and Klaus Schubert. 2017. Politikfeldanalyse. Wiesbaden: VS.
Citation:
Blum, Sonja, and Klaus Schubert. 2013, eds. Policy Analysis in Germany. Bristol: The Policy Press.
URL: https://policypress.co.uk/policy-analysis-in-germany

Substantive Focus:
Governance
Social Policy SECONDARY
Comparative Public Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Keywords

FAMILY POLICY MULTIPLE-STREAMS FRAMEWORK RESEARCH UTILIZATION POLICY TRANSFER POLICY ANALYSIS