Policy networks as collective action

Carlsson, L. (2000). Policy networks as collective action. Policy Studies Journal 28 (3) 502-520. 10.1111/j.1541-0072.2000.tb02045.x.

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An important contribution to the policy sciences, and to interorganizational research in particular, has been the introduction of the so-called policy network approach. Despite the fact that this approach has produced a multitude of concepts, it still lacks a theoretical scaffold. In this article it is argued that simply to refer to something called “network theory” is an unsatisfactory solution. It is suggested that one way of advancing the policy network approach is to apply collective action theory and explicitly regard different empirical appearances of network concepts as expressions of collective action. Six tentative building blocks of such a theory are suggested. It is further argued that the policy network approach would benefit from incorporation into a broader analytical framework such as the Institutional Analysis and Development framework. Finally, it is concluded that such an incorporation would advance our ability to understand the processes of policymaking and thus to fulfill one of the old commitments of policy analysis, namely to contribute to the refinement of policymaking processes in society.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Forestry (FOR)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2016 12:43
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:41
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/13763

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