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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.

Managing Perceptions in Networks
Managing perceptions in networks
C.J.A.M.Termeer and J.F.M.Koppenjan

It is often stated that conflicts of interests between interdependent actors are the main reason why policy processes give rise to chaotic and lengthy debates and stalemates, with the result that urgent societal problems remain unsolved. For instance, the manure which is produced by extensive livestock breeding in the Netherlands was already being viewed as an ecological problem in the early 1970s. Up till the present day, the policy debate has not yet produced an adequate policy to tackle the problem. In this chapter we argue that blockages in policy processes are not only caused by conflicts of interest and power relations, but equally by the perceptions of the situation of the actors involved. Actors have ...

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