This chapter defines policy actors. It explores the various types of policy actors — political-administrative actors, social actors, target groups, beneficiaries, and so on. It explains that the various types of actors constitute what is called the ‘basic triangle’ of a policy. It presupposes that a social problem has been defined politically as a public one and that consequently, a public intervention measure of a redistributive nature is imperative. It notes that this precondition concerning the link between the beneficiaries of public initiatives and political-administrative actors is not necessarily a given in everyday reality.
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