Pub. date: 2007 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952613 | Print ISBN: 9781412905794 | Online ISBN: 9781412952613| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
An advocacy network is a form of organization consisting of independent groups that collaborate in the pursuit of political change. Advocacy networks are made up primarily of nongovernmental organizations, but may also include individuals or groups from the public or private sector, foundations, academia, and the media. Nationally and internationally, advocacy networks focus on the mobilization, interpretation, and strategic dissemination of information to change the behavior of governments, private firms, or international organizations. Advocacy networks share many of the characteristics of social movements, but the latter are generally less institutionalized and more likely to use disruptive tactics. Although advocacy networks ...