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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.

Policy Networks: An Overview
Policy networks: An overview

In Chapter 1 policy networks were defined as more or less stable patterns of social relations between interdependent actors, which take shape around policy problems and/or policy programmes. Policy networks form the context in which policy processes take place. They thus represent an attempt within policy science to analyse the relationship between context and process in policy making. In this chapter, the theoretical background to this concept is explored in order to enhance our knowledge of the characteristics of the policy network approach and its influences.

From a theoretical perspective, the policy network approach builds on earlier theoretical concepts in policy science using insights from other social sciences. As far as the policy network approach is concerned, interorganizational theory and ...

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