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Problem-structuring dynamics and meta-governance

Robert Hoppe

in The governance of problems

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847429629
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303848 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847429629.003.0006
Problem-structuring dynamics and meta-governance

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This chapter illustrates the types of policy networks and policy politics distinguished in the previous chapter through case examples. It shows that types of problem structure and policy politics change through time. Therefore, using concepts such as policy or institutional entrepreneurship and meta-governance, the discussion demonstrates that policy players actually have some leverage in shaping policy networks and problem structures. It examines prenatal screening in the Netherlands, soil pollution in Volgermeer Polder, and drug policy in Swiss cities, Transitions from one type to the next, whatever the other possible factors involved, apparently cannot be explained unless taking into account the meta-governance interventions of some policy cum institutional entrepreneurs.

Keywords: problem structures; policy politics; policy networks; meta-governance; prenatal screening; Netherlands

Chapter.  8938 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizations

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