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.
Chapter 6: Strategies and Games in Networks
Strategies and Games in Networks
If policy making is the result of an interaction process between many actors and if these actors all have their own goals and strategies, then policy making can best be conceptualized as ‘a complex process, that cannot be controlled by one single actor’. In this chapter we discuss three questions which deal with complex processes in networks, namely:
- Which concepts can be used to analyse complex policy making processes?
- What type of management strategies can be used to facilitate complex policy making processes?
- What kind of evaluation criteria can be used to evaluate complex policy making processes?
In an attempt to answer the first question, in section 6.2 we will elaborate upon four crucial concepts. ...