Journal article

Explaining Governance Outcomes: Epistemology, Network Governance and Policy Network Analysis

Paul Fawcett, Carsten Daugbjerg

Political Studies Review | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2012

Abstract

This article focuses on two sets of literature that have developed out of a shared concern with networks: the network governance school, which has been engaged in a set of macro-level questions about the extent to which networks are changing the nature of state-society relations; and the policy network analysis school, which has focused on the relationship between processes of interest intermediation and their impact on policy-making outcomes. We examine how each school is underpinned by important epistemological differences between positivist, interpretivist and critical realist approaches. We argue that these differences complicate and make contestable what would otherwise seem to be an in..

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