How Networks Fill the Growing Global Policy Gap
The author focuses on the rise of policy and governance networks that seek to address policy problems which cut across national boundaries and therefore cannot be addressed by any one individual government.
The term used in the article ‘global public policy networks’ refers to policy-making networks of government representatives, private bodies such as corporations, religious groups and non-government organisations as well as experts that come together to develop global policy as well as deliver services.
This paper reviews some of the key drivers of the emergence of global policy networks:
- increasing integration of economies
- rapidity of change that makes it harder for single governments to address policy challenges
- challenges increasingly require many different but specific areas of expertise
The author surveys a range of existing global networks and finds that governments are increasingly working with these networks to address global challenges.
In particular, he focuses on the potential capacity of these networks to mobilise and manage knowledge, broaden participation in developing policy solutions and in the process fill policy gaps left by the failings of markets and inter-governmental organisations.
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