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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.

Public Management and Network Management: An Overview
Public management and network management: An overview
W.J.M.Kickert and J.F.M.Koppenjan
Introduction

Governance and public management frequently take place in network-like situations. This is the case where sustainable patterns of interaction between actors have formed in the policy area in question and public problems are dealt with in highly interactive processes (see Chapter 2). It is remarkable that in a number of studies on policy networks such as those of Marin and Mayntz (1991), Marsh and Rhodes (1992) and recently that of Bressers, O'Toole and Richardson on water policies (1994), consideration is given to networks, their characteristics, factors which affect their formation and – to a lesser extent – their effects on policy outcome, whereas the impact of the existence of networks ...

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