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.
Laura Chaqués-Bonafont is Professor of Political Science at the University of Barcelona, and Research Fellow at Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), Spain.
Jacint Jordana is Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain.
Part I: The Styles and Methods of Public Policy Analysis
Policy Analysis in Spain. A Historical approach ~ Albert Carreras and Anna Aubanell
Democracy and the development of policy analysis ~ Joan Subirats
Part II: Policy Analysis by Governments
Policy analysis by the Central Government ~ Salvador Parrado
Policy analysis by regional governments ~ Carles Ramió
Policy analysis at the municipal level ~ Jaume Magre
Domestic policy analysis by international actors ~ Oriol Costa and Marga León
Policy analysis and Public Opinion ~ Laura Chaqués Bonafont and Mónica Méndez
Part III: Policy analysis beyond executive in the public sphere
Parliamentary committees and inquiries ~ Anna Palau
Advisory bodies and participatory processes ~ Joan Font and Pau Alarcón
Policy analysis at universities and research centres ~ Jacint Jordana
Part IV: Policy Analysis by Parties, Interest Groups, and other actors
Political parties ~ Fernando Casal
Interest Groups I: Labour unions and employers’ associations ~ Oscar Molina
Interest Groups II: Non-governmental Organizations ~ Luz Muñoz
Think tanks ~ Jordi Bacaria
Policy analysis and policy evaluation as a profession ~ Veronica Viñas
Concluding remarks ~ Jacint Jordana and Laura Chaqués-Bonafont