Abstracts: September 11th, 2000

Hay C, Richards DPublic Administration, (UK), 2000 Vol 78 No 1

Start page: 1. No of pages: 28

Identifies weaknesses in the definitions and descriptions of policy networks, arguing that there are inconsistencies and contradictions in the way that they are viewed in the literature. Based on the examination of four departments within the British central government, draws out the processes that are involved in policy development and identifies the role of networks within this. Discusses how networks evolve within the British government system, drawing up an electoral model of networking. Based on a view that networks are strategic alliances created around common agendas, and that those involved in policy networks take a strategic view of them, analyses the choices that are made as networks form and evolve, and reviews the dynamics within the network, until success or failure creates the circumstances in which the network will either transform or terminate.


Style: Wholly theoretical.

ISSN: 0033-3298. Reference: 29AL605

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