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Robert Hoppe

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429629

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429629.001.0001

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Problem types and types of policy politics

Problem types and types of policy politics

(p.121) Five Problem types and types of policy politics
The governance of problems

Robert Hoppe

Policy Press

This chapter moves one step closer to policy practice by showing how policy constrains the politics of policy making in different types of policy networks: rule in closed professional networks, negotiation-and-search in oligopolistic networks with two or more competing advocacy coalitions, accommodation in designed networks of strong ethical and worldview antagonism, and learning and/or agonistic politics in open issue networks. Policy politics is the specific mode or style of policy making among the set of political actors, proximate policy makers, stakeholders, civil society associations, and citizens involved on a more or less continuous basis, and with more or less intensity, in processing a particular public issue or problem. The chapter can be read as a sustained reflection on and amendment of Lowi's thesis that policy determines politics.

Keywords:   policy making, policy networks, oligopolistic networks, policy politics

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