Governance Networks in Public Administration and Public Policy

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What do public administrators and policy analysts have in common? Their work is undertaken within networks formed when different organizations align to accomplish a policy function. This second edition of Governance Networks in Public Administration and Public Policy offers a conceptual framework for describing governance networks and provides a theoretical and empirical foundation in their construction.

Based on research and real-life experience, the book highlights the interplay between public actors and policy tools, details the skills and functions of public administrators in the context of networked relationships, and identifies the reforms and trends in governing that lead to governance networks. This practical text makes complex concepts accessible, so that readers can engage in them, apply them, and deepen their understanding of the dynamics unfolding around them. This second edition includes:

  • A dedicated chapter on “complexity friendly” meso-level theories to examine core questions facing governance network analysis.
  • New applications drawn from the authors’ own work in watershed governance, transportation planning, food systems development, electric energy distribution, the regulation of energy, and response and recovery from natural disasters, as well as from unique computational modeling of governance networks.
  • Instructor and student support materials, including PowerPointŪ presentations and writable case study templates, may be found on an accompanying eResource page.

Governance Networks in Public Administration and Public Policy, 2e is an indispensable core text for graduate and postgraduate courses on governance and collaboration in schools of Public Administration/Management and Public Policy.


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List of Figures
Preface to the New Edition
Why Governance Networks?
Defining the Governance Network as a Unit of Analysis
The Actors within Governance Networks
The Ties between Actors
Network Level Functions
Network Level Structures
Governance Networks as Complex Adaptive Systems
How Are Governance Networks Managed?
The Hybridized Accountability Regimes of Governance Networks
Governance Network Performance Management and Measurement
Meso Level Theories for Governance Network Analysis
Implications for Practice Education
The Case for Stronger Democratic Anchorage

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About the author (2018)

Christopher Koliba is Professor of Public Administration and Director of the Master of Public Administration Program at the University of Vermont, USA.

Jack W. Meek is Professor of Public Administration and Director of the Center for Research, College of Business and Public Management at the University of La Verne, USA.

Asim Zia is Professor of Public Policy and Decision Analysis at the University of Vermont, USA.

Russell W. Mills is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Regional Development at Bowling Green State University, USA.

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