Policy Arrangements

  • Bas Arts
  • Jan van Tatenhove
  • Pieter Leroy
Part of the Environment & Policy book series (ENPO, volume 24)


In chapter 1 we defined the concept of institutionalisation as a process of structuration and stabilisation by which policy arrangements are produced, reproduced or transformed. This process was, moreover, analysed in terms of ‘duality of structure’, which implies that change will occur through agents-ininteraction as well as through long-term structural transformations. These latter transformations were, as far as the political domain of society is concerned, conceptualised in the previous chapter as political modernisation. We consider this to be a long-term background process, the three stages of which can be characterised by certain practices and discourses with regard to governance on the one hand and by state, market and civil society interrelations on the other. As stated earlier, these successive discourses and practices give rise to different ‘ideal-types’ of policy arrangements. Although obviously coloured by their period of birth, such policy arrangements are not entirely determined by a particular stage of political modernisation, as they are the outcome of specific interactions between certain actors in day-to-day policy processes. We consider policy arrangements therefore as the concept that links long-term processes of political change with specific processes of policy making and implementation on the ground.


Policy Discourse Policy Domain Policy Arrangement Interpretative Scheme Political Modernisation 
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