From Network Structure to Policy Design in Water Protection - A Comparative Perspective on Micropollutants in the Rhine River Riparian Countries
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The study is furthermore embedded into broader theoretical questions of policy research. More precisely, this research is a contribution to policy analysis that aims to achieve more optimal policy results by providing for a better understanding of the nature of policy designs and the social mechanisms behind the choice of them. Despite the intrinsic aim of policy analysis at contributing to more optimal policy outcomes, there remains a lack of research regarding analytical tools that enable an ex-ante assessment of policy designs’ problem-solving abilities. To explore such a research path, this book proposes a novel index of policy comprehensiveness for quantifying the prospective performance of policy designs in alleviating an underlying policy issue, e.g. reducing pollutants in waters.
Furthermore, the book uncovers the social mechanisms behind policymaking and turns to the question: In which social settings is it possible to achieve a comprehensive policy design? Compared to purely micro-level explanations, the advantage of the network approach is that it goes beyond the mere aggregation of policy actors’ attributes by taking into consideration actors’ interdependencies. In order to take the network approach seriously, the study systematically links the structure of a policy network with comprehensive policy designs. Network concepts, such as coalition structure, interconnectedness, and belief similarity, are employed from policy change research here in order to explore the link between structural network characteristics and comprehensive policy design. By studying how network structures affect policy design, the book critically examines the explanatory value of the network approach.
Chapter 1. Introduction.-
Chapter 2. Theory.-
Chapter 3. Case selection.-
Chapter 4. Research design and methods.-
Chapter 5. Results.-
Chapter 6. Discussion: Can policy networks explain some part of the variance of policy design?.-
Chapter 7. Conclusion.
For academics and policy practitioners, the book develops a useful tool that enables quantifying and comparison of performances of policy designs
For policy network students and scholars, the book includes a step-by-step explanation on how to gather relational data including stakeholder selection, survey design, survey mode, and data treatment
Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras