Governance Networks in Public Administration and Public Policy

ISBN-10: 1420071262
ISBN-13: 9781420071269
Edition: 2011
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List price: $87.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/23/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 386
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

Highlighting the interplay between public actors and policy tools, this volume provides a theoretical and empirical foundation in governance networks. The text describes 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. A companion CD-ROM includes PowerPoint slides and supporting materials.

Jack W. Meek is professor of public administration and Chair of the MPA program at the University of La Verne, California. He previously served as department chair and Coordinating Dean, School of Public Affairs and Health Administration at the University of La Verne. In 2007 he was the CAPES Foreign Visiting Professor at the Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense, Brazil. His research on policy administration and development, complex systems and public administration education has been published in Public Administration Review, Emergence: Complexity and Organization, International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Public Administration Education, Administrative Theory and Practice, and other journals. His co-edited book, Business Improvement Districts: Research, Theories, and Controversies, is forthcoming in 2008. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations from Claremont Graduate University in 1980.

Asim Zia is Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont, USA

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction: Why Governance Networks?
About the Authors
The Emergence of Governance Networks: Historical Context, Contemporary Trends, and Considerations
Networks as an Inherent Property of the U.S. Government
Federalism
Networks as an Inherent Property of Intersector Relations in the United States
Government-Nonprofit Relations
Government-Corporation Relations
Contemporary Trends Shaping Innovation in Governance Networks
The Persistence of Wicked Problems
The Move to Devolve
The Move to Privatize
The Move to Partner
The Move to Regulate and Nationalize
Types of Networks Arising out of These Trends
The States: Withering State or Democratic Anchorage?
Descriptive Considerations
Administrative Considerations
Accountability Considerations
Performance Considerations
Defining the Governance Network
Fundamentals of Social Network Analysis
The Place of Interorganizational Networks in Public Administration, Policy, and Governance Studies
The Networked Properties of Governance Processes
Discerning the Properties of Governance Networks
The Conceptual Architecture of the Book
Summary
Characteristics of Actors Participating within Governance Networks
Goal and Role Orientation of Network Actors
Social Sector
Geographic Scale
Scale of Social Nodes
Nodes as Organizations and Institutions
Nodes as Groups of Individuals/Communities of Practice
Nodes as Individual People
Spanning Social Scales
Center, Periphery, and Trajectories
Variation in Actor Resources and Stock of Available Resources to/Provided by Actors
Financial Capital
Physical Capital
Natural Capital
Human Capital
Social Capital
Political Capital
Cultural Capital
Knowledge/Intellectual Capital
Actor Characteristics: A Review
Characteristics of Ties between Actors
Social Exchange Theory
Resources Exchanged
Formality and the Coordination of Ties
Strength of Ties
Flow of Authority across Ties
Command and Control
Concession and Comprise
Cooperation and Collaboration
Competition
Characteristics of Ties: A Review
Network-Wide Functions
Network-Wide Functions
Operating Functions
Coordinating Action
Mobilizing and Exchanging Resources
Diffusing and Sharing Information
Building Capacity
Learning and Transferring Knowledge
Policy Stream Functions
Defining and Framing Problems
Designing and Planning Policy
Coordinating Policy
Implementing Policy through Regulation
Implementing Policy through Service Delivery
Evaluating Policy
Bringing Political Alignment
Policy Domain Functions
Network Functions: A Review
Network-Wide Structures
Policy Tools
Macro-Level Network Governance Structure
Configurations of Governance Network Structure
Intergovernmental Relations (IGRs)
Intragovernmental Relations
Interest Group Coalitions (IGCs)
Regulatory Subsystems (RSSs)
Grant and Contract Agreements (GCAs)
Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)
Regional and Geogovernance (GG)
Network Structures: A Review
Governance Networks as Complex Systems Dynamics
Permeability and Openness of Boundaries and Borders
System Boundaries
Input-Output Flows
Inputs
Processes
Outputs
Outcomes
Feedback
Negative Feedback
Positive Feedback
The Medium of Feedback in Governance Networks
Policy Tools and Feedback
Representation and Interest Group Competition as Feedback
Acts of Administration as Feedback
Accountability as Feedback
Performance Measurement as Feedback
Network Governance as a Systems Construct
Governance Networks as Complex Adaptive Systems
How are Governance Networks Managed?
The Convergence of Public Administration Paradigms
The Contribution of Classical PA to a Network Administration Paradigm
The Contribution of New Public Management to a Network Administration Paradigm
The Contribution of Collaborative Public Management to a Network Administration Paradigm
A Governance Network Administration Paradigm
Governance Network Administration (GNA) Strategies
Oversight and Mandating
Providing Resources
Negotiating and Bargaining
Facilitation
Participatory Governance
Boundary Spanning and Brokering
Systems Thinking
Decision Architectures, Communities of Practice, and Administrative Discretion
How Does Governance Network Administration Differ across Social Sectors?
Summary Implications for the Role of Managing Mixed-Actor Governance Networks
The Hybridized Accountability Regimes of Governance Networks
Governance and Accountability
Modes of Sector Governance
Corporate Governance
Nonprofit Governance
Governance of Governments
Democratic Anchorage
Accountability in Terms of Relationships between Network Actors
A Governance Network Accountability Framework
Democratic Frame
Market Frame
Administrative Frame
Overlapping Accountability Frames
Implications of Sector Blurring
Nonprofit-Government Accountability Alignments
Corporation-Government Accountability Alignments
Hybridization of Accountability Regimes
Governance Network Performance Management and Measurement
Governance and Performance
The Performance Measurement Movement
Performance Management Systems
Challenging the Performance Paradigm
Challenges for Performance Management Systems in Governance Networks
Using Data to Drive Decisions and Actions
Performance Management and Network Accountability
Governance Networks Analysis: Implications for Practice, Education, and Research
Deepening Our Situational Awareness of Governance Networks
Integration of Governance Network Analysis into Formal Education and Training
Case Study Analysis
Hypothesis Generation: Deductive Testing Leading to Generalization
Modeling Complex Governance Networks
Utilizing Action Research and Modeling to Inform Planning Design and Practice
Governance Networks, 2.0
Conclusion: Smart (Democratic) Governance Systems
Smart Systems as Ensuring Democratic Anchorage
Smart Systems as Governing Dynamic Networks
Bibliography
Governance Network Taxonomy
Case Study Template
Index

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