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Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy

Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy
18 Jahrgänge | 2014 - 2021


Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy presents cutting edge, innovative research on the origins and impacts of public policy. Going beyond mainstream public policy debates, the series encourages heterodox and heterogeneous studies of sites of contestation, conflict and cooperation that explore policy processes and their consequences at the local, national, regional or global levels. Fundamentally pluralist in nature, the series is designed to provide high quality original research of both a theoretical and empirical nature that supports a global network of scholars exploring the implications of policy on society. The series is supported by a diverse international advisory board drawn from Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America, and welcomes manuscript submissions from scholars in the global South and North that pioneer new understandings of public policy.

International Advisory Board:

Alberto Asquer, SOAS, University of London, UK

Jacqui Baker, Murdoch University, Australia

Caner Bakir, Koç University, Turkey

Shaun Breslin, University of Warwick, UK

Sydney Calkin, University of Durham, UK

Paul Cammack, University of Manchester, UK

Giliberto Capano, Bologna University, Italy

Paul Chambers, Naresuan University, Thailand

Tom Chodor, Monash University, Australia

Susan Engel, University of Wollongong, Australia

Paul K. Gellert, University of Tennessee, USA

Barry Gills, University of Helsinki, Finland

Ruben Gonzalez-Vicente, Leiden University, Netherlands

Penny Griffin, University of New South Wales, Australia

Samanthi Gunawardana , Monash University, Australia

Pascale Hatcher, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Heng Yee Kuang, University of Tokyo, Japan

Kevin Hewison, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

Wil Hout, Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, Netherlands

Michael Howlett, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Elizabeth Humphrys, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Kanishka Jayasuriya, Murdoch University, Australia

Melissa Johnston, Monash University, Australia

Zhang Jun, City University of Hong Kong, SAR, China

Sung-Young Kim, Macquarie University, Australia

Mustafa Kutlay, City University of London, UK

Max Lane, Victoria University, Australia

Tim Legrand, University of Adelaide, Australia

Kun-chin Lin, University of Cambridge, UK

Jorg Nowak, ERC Postdoctoral Researcher

Ziya Öniş, Koç University, Turkey

Susan Park, University of Sydney, Australia

Michael Peters, University of New South Wales, Australia

Adrienne Roberts, University of Manchester, UK

Steven Rolf, University of Sussex, UK

Stuart Shields, University of Manchester, UK

Richard Stubbs, McMaster University, Canada

Maria Tanyag, Australian National University, Australia

Silke Trommer, University of Manchester, UK

Heloise Weber, University of Queensland, Australia

Philippe Zittoun, Science Po, Grenoble, France

All books in the series are subject to Palgrave's rigorous peer review process: For more information, or to submit a proposal, please contact one of the series editors: Toby Carroll (, Paul Cammack (, Kelly Gerard (, Darryl Jarvis (

Alle Bücher der Reihe Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy

2021 | Buch

China’s Uneven and Combined Development

This book mobilises the theory of uneven and combined development to uncover the geopolitical economic drivers of China’s rise. The purpose is to explain the formation and trajectory of its economic ‘accumulation system’ — which remains a …

2020 | Buch

The Political Economy of Southeast Asia

Politics and Uneven Development under Hyperglobalisation

"This is not only the best collection of essays on the political economy of Southeast Asia, but also, as a singular achievement of the “Murdoch School”, one of the rarest of books that demonstrates how knowledge production travels across …

2019 | Buch

Regulating the Rise of China

Australia’s Foray into Middle Power Economics

This book revises the existing account of the first Rudd Government's engagement with China, placing Australian foreign direct investment screening policy at the centre of the story. At the time, the Rudd Government was accused of holding an …

2019 | Buch

Mass Strikes and Social Movements in Brazil and India

Popular Mobilisation in the Long Depression

“Jörg Nowak has written an ambitious, wide-ranging and very important book. Based on extensive empirical research in Brazil and India and a thorough analysis of the secondary literature, Nowak reveals that numerous labour conflicts develop in the …

2018 | Buch

Policy Capacity and Governance

Assessing Governmental Competences and Capabilities in Theory and Practice

This book provides unique insights into the role of policy capacity in policymaking and policy change, as it is being uncovered at the research frontier in contemporary policy studies. The book is structured into a series of sections on policy …

2018 | Buch

Hong Kong 20 Years after the Handover

Emerging Social and Institutional Fractures After 1997

This book examines the socio-political conflicts which have arisen since Hong Kong’s return to China and confronts the fundamental problems in the design of the One Country, Two Systems (OCTS) Model. It considers not only the issue of …

2018 | Buch

Regulation of Infrastructure and Utilities

Public Policy and Management Issues

This book provides a comprehensive discussion of the public policy and management issues that are encountered in the regulation of infrastructure and utilities. Drawing from theoretical arguments and several case studies, the book is divided into …

2018 | Buch

Institutional Entrepreneurship and Policy Change

Theoretical and Empirical Explorations

This book is about the role of agents in policy and institutional change. It draws on cross-country case studies. The focus on ‘agency’ has been an important development, enabling researchers to better reveal the causal mechanisms generating …

2018 | Buch

Welfare and Inequality in Marketizing East Asia

The world-scale expansion of markets and market relations ranks among the most transformative developments of our times. We can refer to this process by way of a generic if inelegant term – marketization. This book explores how processes of …

2017 | Buch

The Political Economy of Local Regulation

Theoretical Frameworks and International Case Studies

This book offers theoretical and methodological guidelines for researching the complex regulation of local infrastructure, utilities and public services in the context of rapid urbanisation, technological change, and climate change. It examines …

2017 | Buch

The Regulatory Regime of Food Safety in China

Governance and Segmentation

This book examines the decade from 2004 to 2013 during which people in China witnessed both a skyrocketing number of food safety crises, and aggregating regulatory initiatives attempting to control these crises. Multiple cycles of “crisis – …

2016 | Buch

The Political Economy of Investment in Syria

Linda Matar examines Syria's failure to promote employment-generating investment prior to the uprising. Tackling the thorny issue of the inapplicability of modern investment theory to a developing country, she situates the analysis of investment …

2015 | Buch

Varieties of Governance

Dynamics, Strategies, Capacities

This edited collection examines various facets of governance - the organization and steering of political processes within society - for a better understanding of the complexities of contemporary policy making.

2015 | Buch

The Political Economy of Microfinance

Financializing Poverty

According to the author, rather than alleviating poverty, microfinance financialises poverty. By indebting poor people in the Global South, it drives financial expansion and opens new lands of opportunity for the crisis-ridden global capital …

2015 | Buch

Policy Paradigms in Theory and Practice

Discourses, Ideas and Anomalies in Public Policy Dynamics

The contributors investigate policy paradigms and their ability to explain the policy process actors, ideas, discourses and strategies employed to provide readers with a better understanding of public policy and its dynamics.

2014 | Buch

The Politics of Marketising Asia

A global cast of contributors critically analyze the diffusion of neoliberal development policy in Asia under late capitalism.

2014 | Buch

Regimes of Risk

The World Bank and the Transformation of Mining in Asia

With Asia as its backdrop, this book investigates the role played by the World Bank Group (WBG) in conceptualising and promoting new mining regimes tailored for resource-rich country clients. It details a particular politics of mining in the Global S

2014 | Buch

The Political Process of Policymaking

A Pragmatic Approach to Public Policy

Philippe Zittoun analyses the public policymaking process focusing on how governments relentlessly develop proposals to change public policy to address insoluble problems. Rather than considering this surprising Sisyphean effort as a lack of rational