Merry Christmas from the Policy and Politics co-editors

Merry Christmas from the Policy & Politics team!

Thank you to all our authors, reviewers, board members and friends in the unprecedented year that was 2020 and goodbye from the outgoing editors Sarah Ayres, Steve Martin and Felicity Matthews.

As the outgoing co-editors of this thriving journal, we wanted to express our huge gratitude for the loyalty and commitment that we’ve been fortunate enough to witness from our diverse community of scholars. It has been such a pleasure to steward the journal through the last five years (and in Sarah’s case, eight years) with positive developments too numerous to list. We are most grateful for our meteoric rise to an impact factor of 3.069 and to a consequent rise in ranking from the 3rd to the 1st quartile, which of course is testament to the quality of work published, courtesy of our authors and reviewers. Congratulations to you all!  To celebrate all we have achieved this year we have made our top 10 highly cited articles published in 2020 free to access until 31 January 2021, please see below for the full collection.

So from January 2021, we pass the baton to a new editorial team in whom we have enormous confidence and faith. We will watch with interest the excitement of a new chapter unfolding for the journal as it approaches its 50th year and fully expect to see it go from strength to strength.

We look forward to reading of new exciting advances in the field and to P&P’s continued contribution in communicating those advances to our community and to the broader public.

Policy & Politics Co-Editors: Sarah Ayres, Steve Martin & Felicity Matthews

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Top 10 highly cited articles published in 2020 – free to access until 31 January 2021

The role of scientific knowledge in dealing with complex policy problems under conditions of uncertainty
Hanna Ylostalo

Improving public policy and administration: exploring the potential of design
Arwin van Buuren, Jenny M Lewis, B Guy Peters and William Voorberg

Policy windows and multiple streams: an analysis of alcohol pricing policy in England [Open Access]
Benjamin Hawkins and Jim McCambridge

Applying design in public administration: a literature review to explore the state of the art
Margot Hermus, Arwin van Buuren and Victor Bekkers

When design meets power: design thinking, public sector innovation and the politics of policymaking [Open Access]
Jenny M Lewis,  Michael McGann and Emma Blomkamp

What determines the audiences that public service organisations target for reputation management? [Open Access]
Jan Boon,  Koen Verhoest and Jan Wynen

Applying design science in public policy and administration research
A Georges L Romme and Albert Meijer

How do media, political and regulatory agendas influence one another in high risk policy issues?
Alette Eva Opperhuizen,  Erik Hans Klijn and Kim Schouten

Challenges in applying design thinking to public policy: dealing with the varieties of policy formulation and their vicissitudes
Michael Howlett

Designing environments for experimentation, learning and innovation in public policy and governance [Open Access]
Maurits Waardenburg, Martijn Groenleer and Jorrit De Jong 

SPECIAL ISSUE BLOG SERIES: Blog 7 – How nudges can improve the effectiveness of welfare policies

Special issue blog series on advancing our understanding of the politics behind nudge and the ‘behavioural insights’ trend in public policy.

bonvinJean-Michel Bonvin, Emilio Paolo Visintin, Frédéric Varone, Fabrizio Butera, Max Lovey and Emilie Rosenstein

In our recent article in Policy & Politics, we analysed how nudges impact on the effectiveness of welfare policy implementation. The actions and decisions of street-level bureaucrats (SLBs), ie civil servants working directly with the general public, are crucial to the implementation of public policies. Consider for example the crucial role of social workers, teachers, nurses or police officers for our daily life. And of particular relevance to the current coronavirus pandemic: the dedicated engagement of SLBs in emergency units of hospitals, care homes for the elderly and delivering social benefits to unemployed people. Continue reading