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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.

Normative Notes: Perspectives on Networks
Normative notes: Perspectives on networks
J.A.de Bruijn and A.B.Ringeling
Introduction: A Fool May Ask More Questions in an Hour …

In a democratic constitutional state public organizations have a special status. This position is accompanied by normative postulates which in a parliamentary democracy are often broadly based. In network analyses, public actors are ascribed a different position than their usual one. A public organization is seen as one of the actors in a network which it forms together with other, social actors. This may cause a change in the norms for public sector performance while the concept of networks may be criticized from existing normative perspectives. The latter forms the focus of this chapter. A tension may occur between the norms to which ...

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