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Networks in Open Systems of Governance: the Case of an English Local Older Persons’ Care System

Davis, Paul and West, K and Yardley, L (2011) Networks in Open Systems of Governance: the Case of an English Local Older Persons’ Care System. Public Management Review, 13 (5). pp. 683-705. ISSN 1471-9037

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Abstract

This Article focuses on an abortive attempt to coordinate a local governance network in the domain of older persons’ care in England. It locates a key source of failure in pressures in the policy context. Exogenous factors are analysed using a tiered (macro-/meso-/micro-) model linking context and agents. People occupy specific positions in the policy system and can respond differently to erratic contextual prompts. This putative autonomy imposes limits on the assumed trajectory and ontology of whole-networks in socially contested arenas and delimits the strategic space for network governance. Networks are thus as often effects as causes of social change

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Uncontrolled Keywords: network, context, multi-level decision system, England, older people
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
Depositing User: Paul Davis
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2012 16:21
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2012 16:21
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/1870

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