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PROCOPIUCK, Mario  e  FREY, Klaus. Public policy and governing networks and their analysis through "websphere analysis". Rev. Sociol. Polit. [online]. 2009, vol.17, n.34, pp.63-83. ISSN 1678-9873.

This article presents a discussion on Policy Websphere Analysis as a methodological approach for analysis of organizational arrangements and the relationships they express through cyberspace, in an attempt to make the logics underlying political policies within the context of political networks explicit. Through this approach, we present the results of research aimed at apprehending and interpreting the relational logic of sociopolitical practices meant to facilitate societal dissemination of information and communication technologies, as sustained through the norms and values underlying organizational arrangements, in Porto Alegre and Curitiba. We present a reticular morphology of such arrangements, using of tables that have been put together through websites and hyperlinks and which, in essence, constitute the representative means for potential spaces of political interaction and the socio-political values communicated by organizations that are articulated in governance arrangements represented in virtual space. In our view, the most important contribution made by Policy Websphere analysis, at least until the present, consists of the possibility for delimiting new spaces for the presentation and discussion of ideas, actions and projects. These spaces have acquired an ever -greater importance in political networks' actions in processes of public governance.

Palavras-chave : Policy Websphere Analysis; Hyperlink Analysis; Social Network Analysis; sociotechnical political networks; public governance.

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