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Above all, the contributions in this part share an orientation in the policy sciences. In different ways, all three chapters consider power relations involving both private and public actors. They address a common research question: how has the ‘balance of power’ shifted among state institutions, civil society and markets? This question aims to achieve a better understanding of the contents of policies as well as the process of policy formation. In addition, each author is concerned with both theoretical and empirical matters; and each focuses on power in political and policy processes. In principle, the practices studied cover a range from the global to the local scale, but the different contributions are not, strictly speaking, oriented to territorial issues and configurations.

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