Contexts, hybrids and network governance : a comparison of three case-studies in infrastructure governance

Koppenjan, Joop, Mandell, Myrna, Keast, Robyn L., & Brown, Kerry A. (2010) Contexts, hybrids and network governance : a comparison of three case-studies in infrastructure governance. In Brandsen, Taco & Holzer, Marc (Eds.) The Future of Governance : Selected papers from the Fifth Transatlantic Dialogue on Public Administration. National Center for Public Performance, Newark, pp. 301-325.

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While hybrid governance arrangements have been a major element of organisational architecture for some time, the contemporary operating environment has brought to the fore new conditions and expectations for the governance of entities that span conventional public sector departments, private firms and community organisations or groups. These conditions have resulted in a broader array of mixed governance configurations including Public Private Partnerships, alliances, and formal and informal collaborations. In some such arrangements, market based or ‘complete’ contractual relationships have been introduced to replace or supplement existing traditional ‘hierarchical’ and/or newer relational ‘network-oriented’ institutional associations. While there has been a greater reliance on collaborative or relational contracts as an underpinning institutional model, other modes of hierarchy and market may remain in operation. The success of these emergent hybrid forms has been mixed. There are examples of hybrids that have been well adopted, achieving the desired goals of efficiency, effectiveness and financial accountability; while others have experienced implementation problems which have undermined their results. This paper postulates that the cultural and institutional context within which hybrids operate may contribute to the implementation processes employed and the level of success attained. The paper explores hybrid arrangements through three cases of the use of inter-organisational arrangements in three different national contexts. Distilling the various elements of hybrids and the impact of institutional context will provide important insights for those charged with the responsibility for the formation and key infrastructure and public value development.

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ID Code: 40497
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Network Governance , Infrastructure Governance, Public Sector
ISBN: 9780942942217
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement (150303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Administration (160509)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 National Center for Public Performance
Deposited On: 07 Mar 2011 23:11
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 15:17

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