Policy networks can help to coordinate different objectives. The vast
literature on network governance often implies that the mere existence of networks
will automatically lead to improved coordination. However, much empirical analysis
so far has focused on networks within particular policy sectors, which may actually
inhibit horizontal coordination across policy sectors. This focus has led to ambiguities
regarding the use of networks in practice — which this article seeks to help address.
By analysing the role of networks in the coordination of the EU’s economic and
environmental objectives in the development of its mercury policy, the article
demonstrates that policy networks need to span several policy sectors if they are to
help reconcile competing policy objectives. Furthermore, certain characteristics of the
policy area which contributed to the formation of an inter-sector network in this case
What drives policy reform after long periods of policy inertia? What factors shape the effectiveness of
policy implementation following reform decisions? These questions increasingly concern the international
donor and ...
Gallie, Muavia(University of Pretoria, 2007-06-19)
Research on policy implementation suggests that many education reforms designed to improve the quality of education in general have been more rhetorical than substantive in their impact on the organisation of schools and ...
Mollo, Nicholus Tumelo(University of Pretoria, 2009-09-14)
Legal principles need to be considered when anti-bullying policies are established in public schools where bullying is taking place. The purpose of this study is to investigate how public schools establish anti-bullying ...