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Power and Policy Networks
Power and policy networks
HenriGoverde and Janvan Tatenhove

This chapter is about the limited use of power in policy network approaches. In public administration science, policy networks are defined as ‘more or less stable patterns of social relations between interdependent actors, which take shape around policy problems and/or policy programmes’ (Kickert et al., 1997: 6). Characteristic for policy network analysis is its focus on the improvement of policy-making by concentrating on governance and management within constructed policy networks. The goal is to find solutions for policy problems by changing relations of interactions, by formulating new definitions of problems and by introducing new policy instruments. In general, policy network analyses embody attempts to understand and to explain new ways of governance in the context ...

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