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Lost CausesAgenda Vetting in Global Issue Networks and the Shaping of Human Security$
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Charli Carpenter

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448850

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448850.001.0001

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A Network Theory of Advocacy “Gatekeeper” Decision Making

A Network Theory of Advocacy “Gatekeeper” Decision Making

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(p.38) 3 A Network Theory of Advocacy “Gatekeeper” Decision Making
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Lost Causes
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Charli Carpenter

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801448850.003.0003

This chapter contains findings from focus group discussions about why some issues gain attention within the so-called network of networks, and why others do not. It also compares the narratives presented by practitioners to scholarly understandings of these dynamics. In particular, the chapter draws on the experiences and insights of forty-three senior officials drawn from organizations central to the human security network. These findings suggest that while a culture exists among transnational advocates of downplaying their own agency relative to that of external forces, practitioners' judgments about the merit of specific issues hinge less on the constraints posed by certain broader factors and more on an issue's attributes and its connection to the wider advocacy landscape. The chapter elaborates on these findings in more detail and expounds upon their implications, particularly on the role of network ties in issue adoption decisions.

Keywords:   focus group discussions, human security network, transnational advocates, advocacy gatekeepers, network ties, issue adoption

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