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 some kind of policy function. To be effective, they must find ways to navigate complexity and generate effective results. Governance Networks in Public Administration and Public Policy describes a variety of trends and movements that have contributed to the complexity of these systems and the challenges that must be faced as a result.

Providing a theoretical and empirical foundation in governance networks, the book offers a conceptual framework for describing governance networks and provides a holistic way to conceive their construction. The text details the skills and functions of public administrators in the context of networked relationships and presents the theoretical foundations to analyze governance networks. It identifies the reforms and trends in governing that led to governance networks, explains the roles that various actors take on through networked relationships, highlights the challenges involved in the failure of networked activities, and illustrates how policy tools are mobilized by these relationships.

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Based on research and real-life experience, the book highlights the interplay between public actors and policy tools. The authors demystify this complex topic of governance networks and explore the practical applications of the conceptual framework. Practical and accessible, the book presents concepts in such a way that readers can engage in these ideas, apply them, and deepen their understanding of the dynamics unfolding around them.


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List of Figures
Why Governance Networks?
About the Authors
Defining the Governance Network
Characteristics of Actors Participating within Governance Networks
Characteristics of Ties between Actors
NetworkWide Functions
NetworkWide Structures
Positive Feedback
How Are Governance Networks Managed?
The Hybridized Accountability Regimes of Governance Networks
Governance Network Performance Management and Measurement
Implications for Practice Education
Smart Democratic Governance Systems
Governance Network Taxonomy

Governance Networks as Complex Systems Dynamics

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