The policy and politics of policy appraisal: Emerging trends and new directions

John Turnpenny, Claudio M. Radaelli, Andrew Jordan, Klaus Jacob

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Over the last 20 years, policy appraisal has emerged as a popular topic for discussion amongst policy-makers and academics alike. Much research effort has been devoted to developing tools and techniques to inform appraisal activities, but there has been, until recently, a distinct paucity of research on what might be termed the 'policy and politics' of policy appraisal. This is surprising, since policy appraisal is undoubtedly an important site of political behaviour, with its own institutions, instruments and policy actors. This paper takes stock of recent research on policy appraisal, draws out some common threads, and makes some suggestions for future research on what is a rapidly expanding field of European public policy analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)640-653
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of European Public Policy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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