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Policy Networks as a Form of Governance

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Governance networks; Integrated government; Network governance; Public governance; Public-private partnership


Governance. The activities of a range of public and private actors which are included as coparticipants and partners in policy-making process.

Policy network. A cluster of mutually dependent but operationally autonomous public and private actors each with an interest in a given policy sector and a capacity to influence the achievement of policy goals.


Public governance practice has changed greatly since the last decade of the twentieth century. The state gives up its dominant positions in policy-making process, expanding participation in this process, creating conditions for public policy-making by private actors, and choosing model of flat hierarchy. The state shifts away from hierarchy towards interactive models which blur the distinction between public and private sectors. In this trend policy networks are becoming an effective hybrid...


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Mikhaylova, O.V. (2017). Policy Networks as a Form of Governance. In: Farazmand, A. (eds) Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer, Cham.

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