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Policy networks revisited: Creating a researcher–policymaker community

Ranchod, R. and Vas, C. (2019) Policy networks revisited: Creating a researcher–policymaker community. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 15 (1). pp. 31-47.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1332/174426417X15139342679329
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Abstract

The need for better linkages between evidence and policymaking has been well established in the literature, with a heightened focus on the relationship between researchers, research utilisation and policy development. However, fostering such linkages using a policy network approach has seldom been discussed. This article revisits a key framework in the policy network literature: the policy community, to shed further light on such linkages. Using an empirical approach built on the experience of the Social Policy Research Centre, this article discusses the utility of a policy community network between academic researchers and policymakers. In doing so, the study makes clear that the establishment and strengthening of policy communities is time-bound. Furthermore, this paper argues the need to adhere to network conditions as interactions remain fluid and mature over time.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School Of Business and Governance
Publisher: Policy Press
Copyright: © 2019 Ingenta.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/43959
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