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Policy Community  

The wide set of actors interested and informed about a policy issue, who share at least some common language, but who may be opponents on the issue.

(Pross 1995, 274)

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A policy community also acts as an insulating device to keep a grip on the policy process. Actual decision-making takes place in the sub-government (core government institutions and agencies, and major pressure groups). Players in the sub-government work to limit the participation of outsiders (the attentive public) by keeping the debate within the realm of the technical and routine.

References  

Pross, Paul A. 1995. "Pressure Groups: Talking Chameleons." In Canadian Politics in the 1990s, 4th ed, edited by Michael S. Whittington and Glen Williams, 252-275. Toronto: Nelson Canada.

Pal, Leslie. 2006. Beyond Policy Analysis: Public Issue Management in Turbulent Times, 3rd ed. Toronto: Nelson Education.

     

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