Third Sector Participation in the Policy Process: A Framework for Comparative Analysis

John Casey

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    Abstract

    Do third sector organisations (TSOs) participate meaningfully in the public policy process? What factors determine their access to decision-making domains or their ability otherwise to influence political outcomes? This article presents a framework for the analysis of the participation of TSOs in the policy process based on four factors: the political opportunities offered by the polity in which they operate; the nature of the policies they are seeking to influence; the characteristics and the resources of the organisations themselves; and the network of other political actors. The framework utilises a multi-disciplinary approach, combining elements from political science, sociology and organisational theory.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)241-257
    Number of pages17
    JournalPolicy and Politics
    Volume32
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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