'Policy Networks'

Peterson, John (July 2003) 'Policy Networks'. Former Series > Working Paper Series > IHS Political Science Series 90


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Abstract: Modern democratic governance occurs only rarely via traditional Weberian hierarchies or pure 'markets'. Rather, public policies are made via some kind of hybrid arrangement involving a range of different actors, including some representingprivate or nongovernmental institutions. The concept of policy networks - clusters of actors, each with an interest, or 'stake' in a given policy sector and the capacity to help determine policy success or failure - has been developed and refined asa way to try to describe, explain and predict the outcomes of policy-making via such hybrid arrangements. Governance by policy network is rife at the level of the European Union because it is such a highly differentiated polity which is dominated (in important ways) by experts and highly dependent on 'government by committee'. Research on EU policy networks has produced useful results but we remain some distance away from an agreed, plausible 'theory' of policy networks.;

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: 'Politiknetzwerke' 'Regieren' 'Akteure' 'Politikfelder' 'Interessen' 'Politisches Entscheiden' 'Policy networks' 'Governance' 'Actors' 'Public policy' 'Interests' 'Policy-making'
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:37
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 06:46
ISBN: 1605-8003
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/1506

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