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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.

Instruments for Network Management
Instruments for network management
J.A.de Bruijn and E.F.ten Heuvelhof
Background and Problem Definition

This chapter explores the options for managing networks. One of these, which will be discussed in greater depth, concerns the opportunities for network management stemming from the use of governance instruments. This is not a straightforward task. Governance instruments perform their function on the level on which governance is taking place, that is, the operational level. It remains to be seen whether, and to what extent, it is possible to transfer instruments that are active on the operational level to the level on which network management is used, that is, the institutional level. The question of whether, and to what extent, it is possible to utilize elements from one activity for ...

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