Influential players in social policy networks

Olga Biosca*, Pablo Galaso

*Corresponding author for this work

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Social policy networks consisting of diverse and independent organizations are a popular instrument to implement policy at community level. However, little is known about the way in which different types of organizations collaborate in these networks and if these interactions depend on the nature of their funding (public/private) and/or their remit of activity. These characteristics have implications on the type of resources organizations might depend on and, therefore, on their participation in networks. The type of the links established in these interorganizational arrangements varies in terms of the resources that organizations depend on to address power imbalances.
This entry focuses on how intrinsic characteristics of organizations might determine their position and role played in collaborative networks. In addition, it aims to analyze if these characteristics change when considering different types of interorganizational interactions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance
EditorsAli Farazmand
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783319318165
ISBN (Print)9783319209272
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

Publication series

NameGlobal Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance


  • central nodes
  • core organizations
  • inter-organizational cooperation
  • inter-organizational alliances
  • strategic actors


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