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Network theory in the public sector : building new theoretical frameworks

By: Agranoff, Robert(Edited by) Keast, Robyn(Edited by) Mandell, Myrna P.(Edited by)

Part of the Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management series
1138617997 / 9781138617995
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23 cm 218 pages : illustrations (black and white)
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Networks have been described in terms of metaphors, governance arrangements and structural or institutional arrangements.

These different perspectives of networks come out of a variety of disciplines, including political science, public administration, urban affairs, social welfare, public management and organizational/sociological research.

This wealth of research, while contributing to a deeper understanding of networks, presents a dilemma which is addressed by this book.

That is the question of whether there is a theory of public networks that informs networks in their various forms, and is there a need for a new theory of networks?

More importantly, is network research still relevant to practice?

Does network theory improve the process of governance?

Are different terms and/or approaches actually the same or different?

What do these different approaches mean to theory?This book deeply explores and integrates existing network theory and related theories from a number of perspectives, levels and jurisdictions to develop a framework to guide network design, governance and management.

The book focuses on the important issue of network performance, looking at networks as bounded and consciously arranged; the actors who participate in them design the relationships among a bounded set of individual organizations to purse common objectives.

Finally, the chapters tease out the variety of governance modes or regimes that intersect with network governance.

This book offers a comprehensive, integrative, interdisciplinary approach that enables specialists, practitioners and administrators across a wide array of interests and fields to formulate and work on problems using a common language, analytical framework and theoretical basis.


JP Politics & government, KJC Business strategy, KJVN Public ownership / nationalization, KNV Civil service & public sector

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