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 8: Managing Implementation Processes in Networks
Managing Implementation Processes in Networks
Policy making involves efforts by governments to solve public problems. As earlier chapters have suggested, effective public problem-solving in late welfare states requires the cooperative efforts of a variety of individuals and organizations. Often, no institution of government possesses sufficient authority, resources and knowledge to enact – let alone achieve – policy intentions. Instead, policies require the concerted efforts of multiple actors all possessing some capabilities for action but each dependent on others to solidify policy intention and to seek its conversion into action (Scharpf et al., 1976, 1978; Hanf and Scharpf, 1978; Hanf and O'Toole, 1992). The kinds of circumstances in which no single actor can solve a problem alone ...