This book is the first systematic study of policy analysis activities in Spain.
It provides a comprehensive overview of how policy actors, including politicians, think tanks, researchers, interest groups and experts, generate information for the policy-making process. The book explores how executive and legislative actors participate in the production of policy analysis and how all actors elaborate and disseminate information on policy analysis.
Contributors consider the ways different policy actors are involved in the production of data and information about policy problems, the resources used to produce policy analysis and the type of analysis produced over time in different policy areas.
"This book provides an unprecedented contribution to the study of policy analysis in Spain. It is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the challenges of policy-making in a multi-level governance context.” Charlotte Halpern, Sciences Po, Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics
“An all-star cast of experts provide a much-needed overview of the most important elements of how policy analysis is organised in Spain. This book will interest anyone who wants to understand why Spanish governments do what they do.” Frank R. Baumgartner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Laura Chaqués-Bonafont is Professor of Political Science at the University of Barcelona, and Research Fellow at Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI).
Jacint Jordana is Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and Director of the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI).
1. Policy Analysis in Spain: Actors and Institutions
Laura Chaqués-Bonafont, Jacint Jordana
Part One: Examining the Policy Analysis Context
2. Historical Forerunners in Spanish Policy Analysis
Albert Carreras, Anna Maria Aubanell-Jubany
3. Policy Analysis and Policy Evaluation as a Profession
Part Two: Policy Analysis by Governments
4. Policy Analysis in Central Government: Still in Its Infancy
5. Policy Analysis and Regional Governments
Andrea Noferini, David Sancho
6. Policy Analysis in Local Government: Objects, Perspectives, and Actors
Esther Pano, Lluís Medir, Jaume Magre
7. Domestic Policy Analysis by International Actors
Oriol Costa, Marga León
Part Three: Policy Analysis Beyond Executive in the Public Sphere
8. Parliamentary Committees As Policy Analysis Institutions
Anna M. Palau, Andreu Rodilla
9. Policy Analysis and Public Opinion
Laura Chaqués-Bonafont, Mónica Méndez, Yeimy Ospina
10. Advisory Bodies and Participatory Processes
Joan Font, Pau Alarcón
11. Policy Analysis at Universities and Research Centres
Ivan Cerrillo, Jacint Jordana
Part Four: Policy Analysis by Parties, Interest Groups, and Other Actors
12. Political Parties and Policy Analysis
Oscar Barberà, Juan Rodríguez-Teruel, Fernando Casal
13. Trade Unions, Policy Analysis, and the Policy Process
Oscar Molina, Alejandro Godino
14. Business Associations and Policy Analysis
15. NGOs As Policy Analysis Partners: From Invisibility to Expansion
Luz Muñoz Márquez, Noemí Orué Guerrero
16. Think Tanks and Policy Analysis