Relational Contracting and Network Management

Forthcoming, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

30 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2017

See all articles by Anthony M. Bertelli

Anthony M. Bertelli

New York University - Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; Bocconi University - DONDENA - Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics

Craig R. Smith

University of Arizona

Date Written: December 13, 2008

Abstract

Our argument connects the management of relational contracts with the management of policy networks. Thinking about bilateral, horizontal extensions of governmental authority in a state of agents can be enhanced, we claim, because of the rich offerings of relational contracting theory. We review key results from economic theories of relational contracting, provide public-sector examples, and present a set of testable propositions that suggest a rationale for the creation and expansion of policy networks through relational contracting and its management. While adding theoretical leverage to research on public sector contracting, our approach provides one means of explaining the emergence of policy networks, and implications for managing within them.

Keywords: Relational Contracting, Public Administration, Governance, Public-Private Partnership

JEL Classification: H11, H83

Suggested Citation

Bertelli, Anthony M. and Smith, Craig R., Relational Contracting and Network Management (December 13, 2008). Forthcoming, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3014335

Anthony M. Bertelli (Contact Author)

New York University - Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service ( email )

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New York, NY 10012
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Bocconi University - DONDENA - Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics ( email )

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Milan, 20136
Italy

Craig R. Smith

University of Arizona ( email )

Department of History
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States

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