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Although the concept of policy networks is now well-established in the field, most research has to content itself with description and analysis of their contribution to policy failure. This book goes further. It accepts policy networks as a fundamental characteristic of modern societies and presents an overview of the strategies for the management of these networks, as well as illustrating the various strategies for intervention.

Introduction: A Management Perspective on Policy Networks
Introduction: A management perspective on policy networks
W.J.M.Kickert, E.-H.Klijn and J.F.M.Koppenjan

After the post-war establishment of the welfare state with its high expectations of governmental policy making and planning, in the late 1970s and 1980s following the oil crisis, disillusionment with government performance resulted in a lowering of ambitions. High expectations were replaced by suspicion of government intervention. Currently, however, we are witnessing a worldwide departure of the dark days of complete lack of trust and confidence in the public sector. Even in the United States, the period of an outright anti-government sentiment is seemingly coming to an end (Wamsley, 1990). New policy problems such as environmental pollution, the growth of organized crime and the need for a competitive infrastructure ...

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