Governance Networks

Jacob Torfing

in The Oxford Handbook of Governance

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560530
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Governance Networks

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This article examines the role and character of governance networks, which are defined as networks of interdependent actors that contribute to the production of public governance. It discusses the recent contribution of political science and public policy research towards understanding the role, functioning, and impact of governance networks, and explores how such networks can be governed in order to improve their performance. The article presents competing explanations of the recent surge of governance networks, provides a brief overview of different theories of network governance, and also considers the notion that governance networks are prone to failure.

Keywords: governance networks; independent actors; public governance; political science; public policy

Article.  6423 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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