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Policy Networks. IHS Political Science Series: 2003, No. 90

Peterson, John (2003) Policy Networks. IHS Political Science Series: 2003, No. 90. [Working Paper]

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    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 representing private or non-governmental 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 as a 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.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Actors.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > decision making/policy-making
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Institute for Advanced Studies (Vienna), Department of Political Science > IHS Political Science Series
    Depositing User: Elisabet Torggler
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2003
    Page Range: p. 40
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:16

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