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Between Hierarchies and MarketsThe Logic and Limits of Network Forms of Organization$
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Grahame F. Thompson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198775270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198775270.001.0001

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Political Networks and the Politics of Network Governance

Political Networks and the Politics of Network Governance

(p.149) 6 Political Networks and the Politics of Network Governance
Between Hierarchies and Markets

Grahame F. Thompson (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter investigates the political manifestations of networks, particularly as they pertain to the governance of organisational and economic matters. The idea of ‘policy networks’ is examined and how they operate. Specifically, the chapter explores how the internal structure of decision-making is organised, much of which has a resonance outside of policy networks proper to address how networks more widely might operate. The chapter also lays out the principles and trends associated with the issue of how to place networks in a wider context of other socio-organisational mechanisms of management and regulation. Finally, the chapter opens up on the issues of power in political networks, something that pervades these forms of organisational entity just as it does hierarchies and markets. Networks of political power and authority are discussed, along with policy networks and the formation of public policy, multi-level governance, network forms of governance and game theory, and social capital.

Keywords:   networks, policy networks, governance, political power, social capital, game theory, hierarchies, markets, public policy, political networks

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