This Handbook presents an authoritative and innovative overview of this fascinating field, with particular emphasis on the significant new and emerging concepts and theoretical issues. Divided into four parts, the first explores the major theories influencing current thinking and shaping future research in the field of governance. Part two deals specifically with issues surrounding new theories - the changing role of the state and the emerging function of networks and of alternative domains of governance. Parts three and four then go on to consider the implications for managing governance and recent attempts to rethink democracy and citizenship in ways that are less tied to the formal institutions of the state
Chapter 2: Policy Network Theory
Policy Network Theory
Introduction: Policy Networks and the Language of Governance
Today it is widely believed that we live in a world of networks, a world in which policy-making and governance are ‘only feasible within networks, providing a framework for the efficient horizontal coordination of the interests and actions of public and ...