Issue Networks

As promised in my previous blog, here are two sources describing issue networks and indicating their importance in policy making. (1) Hugh Heclo discusses the effects of issue networks on the U.S national government executive branch in “Issue Networks and the Executive Establishment”; an essay in THE NEW AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM, edited by Anthony King ( (2) Jean-Francois Rischard emphasizes the role of issue networks in dealing with global issues ( ). Optimal effectiveness requires participation in issue networks. The world has changed and Usual Politics (; i.e., elections, checks and balances, federalism, et al. are increasingly inadequate. We need to be co-producers, co-decision makers, with government agency personnel, professionals and scientists in corporations and financial firms, career administrators in NGOs, and others in dominate institutions. These are the people and institutions that make our world; we must work with them to optimize our effectiveness for betterment.

About georgebeam

George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
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