Canadian Forest Service Publications

Assessing prairie forest policy networks and policy oriented beliefs. 2004. Wellstead, A.M.; Davidson, D.J.; Stedman, R.C. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. Information Report NOR-X-395. 51 p.

Year: 2004

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 24892

Language: English

Series: Information Report (NoFC - Edmonton)

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In this study, two policy process models or frameworks are examined with a view to understanding policy-related responses in the Prairie forest sector: the policy community–network approach and the advocacy coalition framework. A questionnaire was sent to 851 governmental and societal decision makers in the agriculture, forest, and water resource sectors. The survey examined existing policy communities and policy networks, as well as policy-oriented belief structures. Three hundred and fifty-six usable responses were obtained. The forestry respondents relied strongly on similar organizational types for their information and policy viewpoints and considered these organizational types as allies. Environmental agencies, on the other hand, were considered as sources of opposition. A large and dominant advocacy coalition found within the Prairie forest policy community consisted of respondents from both levels of government and the forest industry. Environmental respondents represented the only distinct coalition in terms of its policy-oriented belief structure.