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Stephen J. Ball and Carolina Junemann

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429803

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429803.001.0001

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Policy influence, boundary spanners and policy discourses

Policy influence, boundary spanners and policy discourses

(p.77) Four Policy influence, boundary spanners and policy discourses
Networks, new governance and education

Stephen J. Ball

Carolina Junemann

Policy Press

This chapter attempts to visualize and actualize policy networks, to get inside them and examine how they work. One of the key issues in research on policy networks is the exercise and effects of ‘influence’: how do we map and specify relations of power in policy networks? How do we capture asymmetries of power within networks? This chapter will concentrate on the actors and interactions within and across the networks and look at ‘opportunities’ for influence on the policy process, the work of boundary spanners, and the example of the KPMG Foundation and the Every Child a Chance Trust in an attempt to explore the dynamics of networks, the ‘networking’. The chapter will also consider policy networks as discourse communities.

Keywords:   Policy networks, discourse communities, boundary spanners, policy influence, networking

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