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Policy influence, boundary spanners and policy discourses

Stephen J. Ball and Carolina Junemann

in Networks, new governance and education

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9781847429803
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307617 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847429803.003.0004
Policy influence, boundary spanners and policy discourses

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This chapter attempts to visualize and actualize policy networks, to get inside them and examine how they work. One of the key issues in research on policy networks is the exercise and effects of ‘influence’: how do we map and specify relations of power in policy networks? How do we capture asymmetries of power within networks? This chapter will concentrate on the actors and interactions within and across the networks and look at ‘opportunities’ for influence on the policy process, the work of boundary spanners, and the example of the KPMG Foundation and the Every Child a Chance Trust in an attempt to explore the dynamics of networks, the ‘networking’. The chapter will also consider policy networks as discourse communities.

Keywords: Policy networks; discourse communities; boundary spanners; policy influence; networking

Chapter.  9536 words.  Illustrated.

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