Outline for Networks in public administration scholarship

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Kimberley R. Isett*, Ines A. Mergel, Kelly LeRoux, Pamela A. Mischen, R. Karl Rethemeyer. Networks in Public Administration scholarship: understanding where we are and where we need to go This article talks about:1) historical use of network in practice and scholarship and how it shaped the current literature; 2) current challenges that network scholars face--theoretical issues and disconnection between formal networks and informal networks; 3) methodological issues; 4) suggestion 0) Identify three main streams of research on networks in current literature: A, policy networks : a set of public agencies, legislative ofFces, and private sector organizations (including interests groups, corporations, nonproFts, etc.) that have an interest in public decisions within a particular area of policy B, collaborative networks : collections of government agencies, nonproFts, and for-proFts that work together to provide a public good, service, or ‘‘value’’ when a single public agency is unable to do that on its own and/or the private sector is unable or unwilling to. C, governance networks : entities that fuse collaborative public goods and service provision with collective policymaking—for instance, business improvement districts or some environmental mitigation efforts 1) historical use of network in practice and scholarship and how it shaped the current literature; Networks are in part a response to the insufFciencies of NPM in the face of complexity, mission expansion, government de-legitimization, and knowledge creation needs that are posed by wicked problems. (Hint: NPM—“New PublicManagement’”, market-based prescriptions providing rationales and templates
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