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Social network analysis has been one of the fastest growing and most influential areas of recent times. Why has this happened? What are the key features of social network analysis?
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Chapter 15: Policy Networks
Je weniger die Leute davon wissen, wie Würste und Gesetze gemacht werden, desto besser schlafen sie. [The less people know about how sausages and laws are made, the better they sleep.]
Policy network analysis seeks to identify the important actors – governmental and nongovernmental organizations, interest groups, and persons – involved in policymaking institutions, to describe and explain the structure of their interactions during policymaking processes, and to explain and predict collective policy decisions and outcomes. To those ends, policy theorists and empirical researchers who apply network analytic perspectives have defined a multiplicity of concepts, principles, and propositions to explicate differential aspects of policy networks. Fundamental research objectives include showing how policy networks form, persist, and change over time. ...