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date: 30 November 2021

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This chapter comments on Hugh Heclo’s 1978 paper “Issue Networks and the Executive Establishment,” an innovative analysis of modern politics based on four analytical perspectives of public policy: an actor-centered or agent-based dynamic perspective, a relational perspective, a cultural or cognitive perspective, and a long-term perspective. Widely regarded as a classic in policy analysis and public administration, Heclo’s paper uses the concept of “issue networks” to describe the highly intricate and diversified webs of influence that shape modern American policy-making. This chapter discusses Heclo’s concept of issue networks within the context of the American situation in government and public administration, as well as its impact on fields such as political science.

Keywords: Hugh Heclo, politics, public policy, public administration, issue networks, political science

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