Table 3

Domains used in stakeholder analysis guidelines, methodological papers and studies to assess power and influence, interest, and position

Domains for characteristicsNo of guidelines/method papers (N=4)No of empirical studies (N=7)
Domains for power or influence
Technical/professional knowledge/skills147328 32 36
Decision-making328 33 38
Political/influential position21 472 28 36
Financial power/money31 43 472 28 36
Legal mandate147228 32
Ability to place the issue on the agenda233 38
Legislative power for policy approval232 38
Influence over policy outcomes232 38
Attribution of power (actor’s power as perceived by themselves and others)149
Ability to mobilise on the issue11235 38
Coercive: physical resources of force, violence or restraint243 47
Normative: symbolic influences143
Connections to influential stakeholders147
Ownership/control of resources149232 35
Voting power/influence over voters132
Involvement in policy formulation132
Willingness to engage in policy discussions139
Ability to be heard in discussions139
Ability to influence other actors139
Ability to influence public opinion132
Directly or indirectly take action for or against the policy135
Control over implementation at the local level132
Determine policy success and sustainability132
Possession of privileges135
Ability to organise members132
No of votes147
Domains for interest
Overall perceived impact11132
Key interest/concerns11132
Professional affiliation133
Stakeholder agendas133
Status within the community133
Pursue benefits for stakeholder147
Achieve equitable treatment for player’s group147
Advance player’s view of common good147
Garner more resources147
Preserve power147
Domains for position
Level of support or opposition21 47628 32 33 35 38 39