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This book is the first systematic study of policy analysis activities in Spain.

It provides a comprehensive overview of how policy actors, including politicians, think tanks, researchers, interest groups and experts, generate information for the policy-making process. The book explores how executive and legislative actors participate in the production of policy analysis and how all actors elaborate and disseminate information on policy analysis.

Contributors consider the ways different policy actors are involved in the production of data and information about policy problems, the resources used to produce policy analysis and the type of analysis produced over time in different policy areas.

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This chapter discusses the role of universities and research centres as providers of policy analysis to the public sector in Spain and identifies their activities in this domain. We describe the current scene as well as the evolution of such analyses by detailing the institutional settings for public policy analysis (universities, departments and research centres), the sources of funding (research projects financed by the Spanish government) and research outputs (academic production on policy analysis). In order to do so, we analyse data from the Spanish official register of research institutions and the SCOPUS database of publications. Results show a progressive development of consistent structures and know-how capabilities for policy analysis in recent decades. However, we observed a significant concentration of policy research activities in a small number of public universities from Madrid and Catalonia. It is our suggestion that most of the policy-related research followed an isolated pattern of analysis, without having a direct connection with policy-makers and public servants.

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This chapter explains the main features of policy analysis in Spain. Considering the contributions of this edited volume, it describes how policy actors generate and share technical and political information to address social, economic, and political issues across different institutional frameworks, policy areas, and time. It argues that in recent decades a gradual transformation of policy analysis in Spain from a closed model to a more pluralist and specialised model occurred. Policy analysis in Spain has increased in terms of the number of actors involved, the issues under discussion, and the type of information for the policy process produced. In contrast to previous decades, governmental actors – mainly top public servants – along with a small community of policy experts who traditionally participated in knowledge production lost their monopolistic position in favour of other actors. The proliferation of the number and type of actors involved in policy analysis has expanded policy analysis to multiple areas of interest of researchers and experts, and it has also altered the policy-making process, moving towards a more complex and fragmented political scenario. It evidences an evolution towards a new culture of reporting based on empirical sources, examining facts, applying technical knowledge, and confronting views and values to inspire public policies, overcoming the production of policy analysis from a legalist approach.

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