The 2019 Public Policy Yearbook: Tracking a Decade of Trends in Public Policy Research

Hank Jenkins-Smith, Julie Krutz, Nina Carlson, and Chris Weible


The articles presented in this supplemental issue mark the eleventh edition of the Policy Studies Journal’s Public Policy Yearbook. This issue includes six retrospective review articles summarizing recent developments in public policy research concerning social policy, environmental policy, and policy theory. Also included is an empirical study of academic public policy networks, accompanied by an exchange about how to measure and understand such networks. We provide a brief description of these articles below.

In addition to the annual publication of retrospective review articles in various policy subfields, a significant portion of our efforts with the PSJ Yearbook is providing avenues for readers to make connections with public policy scholars from around the world. The Public Policy Yearbook is an international listing of experts in various public policy domains, working on public policy problems all over the globe. Over the last decade, we have collected information from public policy scholars about their fields of study, research focus areas, published works, and contact information.1 This information is then published as part of a directory of individual profiles on the Yearbook’s website. The multidisciplinary nature of public policy research can make it challenging to identify the experts studying various policy problems, and the Yearbook provides users with an easier way to do so. Our intent is to provide a convenient tool for policy scholars to increase and broaden the visibility of their work, as well as to provide a means to network (and collaborate) with other scholars. By using the website, readers can search for a scholar through a range of search criteria options (a scholar’s first or last name, geographic location, institution, or primary research interests). By visiting the Yearbook’s website, www.psjyearbook. com, users can utilize a free web-based interface to easily search for various policy scholars’ contact information, as well as up-to-date summaries describing the listed scholars’ self-reported descriptions of current and future research ideas and projects.