Methodological Individualism and the U-Shaped Curve: Some Theoretical Guidelines for the Comparative Analysis of Public Policy

  • Henry Milner


The purpose of this collection is to stimulate thinking about what it means to observe government activity from a comparative perspective. Government activities are concerned with (public) policy, and, like the other contributors to this volume, I am interested in making sense of these activities. We are engaged in what is thus best identified as comparative public policy (CPP) analysis, a field in the continual process of defining itself. In this paper, I seek to make a contribution to that process. While other contributions focus on the validity of certain common practices, I am more interested in the conceptualisation underlying these practices and its theoretical foundations.


Public Choice Welfare State Rational Choice Institutional Arrangement Collective Bargaining 
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