DECENTRING POLICY NETWORKS: A THEORETICAL AGENDA
Article first published online: 9 FEB 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 87, Issue 1, pages 3–14, March 2009
How to Cite
BEVIR, M. and RICHARDS, D. (2009), DECENTRING POLICY NETWORKS: A THEORETICAL AGENDA. Public Administration, 87: 3–14. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2008.01736.x
- Issue published online: 9 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 9 FEB 2009
- Date received 05 February 2008. Date accepted 22 September 2008.
This introduction starts by specifying the theoretical and analytical framework underpinning the range of essays in this special issue. It then provides an overview of the existing literature on policy networks and network governance in order to identify what a decentred approach might contribute. What follows is an account of decentred theory, a discussion of the potential alternatives it can offer to existing accounts and how these might be achieved through reconstructing networks by appealing to notions of situated agency and tradition; it concludes by considering the potential methodologies to be employed, with particular emphasis on ethnography.