Policy actors

Peter Knoepfel, Corinne Larrue, Frédéric Varone and Michael Hill

in Public policy analysis

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781861349071
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303121 | DOI:
Policy actors

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This chapter defines policy actors. It explores the various types of policy actors — political-administrative actors, social actors, target groups, beneficiaries, and so on. It explains that the various types of actors constitute what is called the ‘basic triangle’ of a policy. It presupposes that a social problem has been defined politically as a public one and that consequently, a public intervention measure of a redistributive nature is imperative. It notes that this precondition concerning the link between the beneficiaries of public initiatives and political-administrative actors is not necessarily a given in everyday reality.

Keywords: policy actors; political-administrative actors; social actors; target groups; beneficiaries; basic triangle; public intervention

Chapter.  9080 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizations

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