Comparative politics

Do parties matter for policy accumulation? An analysis of social policy portfolios in 22 countries

This article analyses the role of political parties in policy accumulation. We study this relationship in the area of social policy. Our analysis builds on a large data set covering the size of policy portfolios (policy targets and instruments) in …

Bureaucratic Quality and the Gap between Implementation Burden and Administrative Capacities

Democratic governments produce more policies than they can effectively implement. Yet, this gap between the number of policies requiring implementation and the administrative capacities available to do so is not the same in all democracies but varies …

Resources for CEOdata

CEOdata is an R package aimed at facilitating the incorporation of microdata (individual responses) of public opinion polls in Catalonia into R, as performed by the “Centre d’Estudis d’Opinió” (CEO, Opinion Studies Center).

Drug Legalization, Elite Support, and Government Effectiveness in Latin America

In Latin America, the legalization of drugs—where it occurred—has been driven mainly by elites, although much attention has been placed on public opinion. Considering that efforts toward legalization have been top-down, analysis should concentrate on …

Studying Policy Design Quality in Comparative Perspective

This article is a first attempt to systematically examine policy design and its impact on policy effectiveness in a comparative perspective. We begin by providing a novel concept and measure of policy design. Our Average Instrument Diversity (AID) …

Who Puts a Price on Carbon, Why and How? A Global Empirical Analysis of Carbon Pricing Policies

This article examines why some countries put a price on greenhouse gas emissions while others do not; and why some carbon pricing policies are more ambitious than others. Our study of a global sample of 200 countries by means of event history …

System Dynamics of Policy Change: Overcoming Some Blind Spots of Punctuated Equilibrium Theory

In this article, we analyze dynamics of policy change from the perspective of Punctuated Equilibrium Theory (PET). In particular, we investigate how economic crises impact on patterns of policy change in policy areas that vary in terms of their …

Resources for PolicyPortfolios

PolicyPortfolios is an R package aimed at providing tools for managing, measuring and visualizing policy portfolios. It simplifies the creation of data structures suitable for dealing with policy portfolios, that is, two-dimensional spaces of policy instruments and policy targets.

Using PolicyPortfolios

Why PolicyPortfolios? A policy portfolio is a collection of simple assessments of the presence or absense of state intervention in a specific area (Target) using a concrete state capacity (Instrument).

Fonts d'informació i indicadors per estudis internacionals

Book to be used as a teaching resource for an introductory course on data sources and indicators for international relations and comparative politics.