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. 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 led to governance networks. This practical and accessible text presents often complex concepts in such a way that readers can engage in the ideas, apply them, and deepen their understanding of the dynamics unfolding around them. New to this edition:A dedicated chapter on `complexity friendly' meso-level theories to examine core questions facing governance network analysisNew case studies 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 modelling of governance networksA "cases and contexts" section at the end of each chapter to illustrate core theoretical concepts raised in the chapter and apply those theories to real-world examples A companion website contains further instructor and student support materials such as PowerPoint (R) presentations, writable case study templates, and other useful items related to building the field's capacity to describe, evaluate, and design governance networks using the framework of this book. Governance Networks in Public Administration and Public Policy is an indispensible core text for graduate and postgraduate courses on governance or collaboration in schools of Public Administration/Management and Public Policy.
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