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Networks in Public Administration: Current Scholarship in Review


Jesse D. Lecy


Maxwell School of Syracuse University; Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Ines Mergel


Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Hans Peter Schmitz


University of San Diego

July 1, 2012


Abstract:     
Network-focused research in public administration has expanded rapidly over the past two decades. This rapid growth has created come confusion about terminology and approaches to research in the field. We organize the network literature in public administration using compact citation networks to identify coherent subdomains focused on policy formation, governance and policy implementation. We trace how these domains differ in their approach to defining the role of networks, relationships and actors and to what extent the articles apply formal network analysis techniques. Based on a subsequent content analysis of the sample articles, we identify promising research avenues focused on the wider adoption of methods derived from social network analysis and the conditions under which networks actually deliver improved results.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 34

Keywords: network research in public administration, social network analysis, policy networks, citation analysis, snowball sampling, governance


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Date posted: July 2, 2012 ; Last revised: February 14, 2013

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Lecy, Jesse D. and Mergel, Ines and Schmitz, Hans Peter, Networks in Public Administration: Current Scholarship in Review (July 1, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2097863 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2097863

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Jesse D. Lecy (Contact Author)
Maxwell School of Syracuse University ( email )
400 Eggers Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
United States
Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies ( email )
Public Management and Policy
35 Broad Street, 6th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
United States

Ines Mergel
Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs ( email )
215 Eggers Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
United States
HOME PAGE: http://faculty.maxwell.syr.edu/iamergel/
Hans Peter Schmitz
University of San Diego ( email )
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
United States
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