Models of local decision-making networks in Britain and France

P. John, A. Cole

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The greater complexity of decision making produced by local governance presents researchers with the challenge of explaining how policy is made in local networks of key actors. This process is even more complex when examined cross-nationally between Britain and France. A fruitful approach is to use the tools of network analysis to indicate the structure of networks and apply models of how power is exercised in them. The advantage of this method is that it can analyse the nature of networks comparatively, taking into account the different traditions and institutions of British and French sub-national politics. Six models can explain how new networked relationships in localities operate: pluralism, neo-pluralism, policy advocacy coalition theory, new institutionalism, the bureaucratic politics model and the local effect. To reflect the variety of practices between policy sectors and countries, a multitheoretic framework is offered. Networks can affect policy outcomes through the emergence of trust through personal contacts and the intersection of political and social networks. -from Authors
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-312
Number of pages9
JournalPolicy & Politics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1995


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