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Cover Image: Networked Governance: The Future of Intergovernmental Management
  • Date: 10/06/2011
  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $61.00
  • ISBN: 9781452203256
  • Pages: 360
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Networked Governance: The Future of Intergovernmental Management
Jack W. Meek, University of La Verne
Kurt Thurmaier, Northern Illinois University

In a unique contributed volume that features chapters written by top scholars paired with practitioner responses, students can see just how much the landscape of intergovernmental relations has evolved in recent years, with diminishing vertical flows of resources, and increased horizontal flows in the form of cross-jurisdictional and interlocal collaboration. Government at all levels must respond to increasing demands in both of these dimensions giving these contributors plenty to say about the future of intergovernmental management in such areas as:

  • the changing role of managers,
  • disaster response,
  • social welfare spending,
  • cross-boundary management,
  • regional public-private partnerships, and
  • sustainable cities.

Contributors include Robert Agranoff, J. Edwin Benton, Beverly A. Cigler, Brian K. Collins, Mauricio Covarrubias, Raymond W. Cox II, John Kincaid, Christopher Koliba, William Lester, David Y. Miller, Beryl A. Radin, Juan M. Romero, and Eric S. Zeemering.

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Table of Contents

Introduction, Jack W. Meek and Kurt Thurmaier

Part I. New Realities of Fiscal Federalism

1. The Rise of Social Welfare and Onward March of Coercive Federalism, John Kincaid

1.1 A Practitioner Responds—Social Welfare Spending Dominates, Raymond C. Scheppach

2. State-City and State-County Fiscal Relations: A Look at the Past and Present, and a Glimpse at the Future, J. Edwin Benton

2.1 A Practitioner Responds—Making Crisis an Opportunity, Raymond C. Scheppach

Part II. From Interjurisdictional Cooperation to Collaboration

3. Administrative Strategies for a Networked World: Intergovernmental Relations in 2020, Christopher Koliba

3.1 A Practitioner Responds—Information and Power in a Networked Administrative State, Keith Schildt

4. Reframing the Political and Legal Relationship between Local Governments and Regional Institutions, David Y. Miller and Raymond W. Cox III

4.1 A Practitioner Responds—Home Rule and Regional Governance—Shall the “Twain” Ever Meet?, Stephen G. Harding 

Part III. The Challenges for the New Intergovernmental Manager

5. Agency Forms and Reforms: Institutional Design for State-Centric Networks and Block Grant Administration, Brian K. Collins

5.1 A Practitioner Responds—The Promise of Reform and Local Agency Capacity, Terrell E. Ford

6. Disaster Response 2020: A Look into the Future, William Lester

6.1 A Practitioner Responds—The New Intergovernmental Role and the Necessity for Organizational Duality, R. Leon Churchill, Jr.

7. Performance Measurement and Accountability in the Intergovernmental System in 2020, Beryl A. Radin

7.1 A Practitioner Responds—The Promise and Realities of Performance Measurement and Accountability, Elizabeth G. Hill

8. Managing Externalization: New Intergovernmental Roles for Public Managers, Robert Agranoff

8.1 A Practitioner Responds—Networks and Hierarchies Can Co-exist, R. Leon Churchill

Part IV. Responding to the Global Context

9. International Intergovernmental Relations and Impacts on American Federalism, Beverly A. Cigler

10. The Challenges of Interdependence and Coordination in the Bilateral Agenda: Mexico and the United States, Mauricio Covarrubias

10.1 A Practitioner Responds—Hidden Tiger: The View from the State and Local Government Lair, Elizabeth K. Kellar

11. The Evolution of Sustainable Cities as a Metropolitan Policy Challenge, Eric S. Zeemering and Juan M. Romero

11.1 A Practitioner Responds—Sustainability: A View from the Trenches, Jill Boone

12. Conclusion: The Future of Intergovernmental Relations in Networked Governance, Jack W. Meek and Kurt Thurmaier

"Networked Governance: The Future of Intergovernmental Management is both a timely and excellent book. In it leading scholars and practitioners boldly take on the most vexing public administration challenge of the hour, finding ways to effectively confront public problems that ignore jurisdictional boundaries. It is the best book available on this subject." - H. George Frederickson, University of Kansas

"Managing the manifold processes, systems, and programs of government agencies today and in the near future requires public managers to master the intergovernmental network. The aptly titled Network Governance brings together the insights and observations of academics, practitioners, and policy analysts to illuminate the challenges of managing government agencies in a federal system today and tomorrow. As the intergovernmental system continues to be more and more complex, the set of essays in this book will be a useful reference and source of ideas." - Michael A. Pagano, University of Illinois at Chicago

"Managers and scholars alike will find Networked Governance to be an invaluable resource for identifying the unique challenges and emerging best practices in intergovernmental partnerships and collaborations. With contributions from leading academics and practitioners, the book demonstrates that the best thinking emerges when public administrators work together across institutional boundaries." - Paul L. Posner, George Mason University

"This volume represents the core objective of the study of public administration and of the American Society for Public Administration: facilitating the substantive interaction between practitioners and academics. Current and future challenges of intergovernmental relations (IGR) are discussed by academics with excellent responses from practitioners at every level of government. The chapters are well-written, without jargon, and address such timely topics as IGR and social welfare, state-local fiscal relations, disaster response, and international interdependencies. Not reading it is a loss." - Jos C.N. Raadschelders, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University

"This edited volume provides a perceptive and thoughtful overview of intergovernmental relations today and in the future. The scope is ambitious-—from local to global-—and the topics are varied. But the key points are that intergovernmental relations are dynamic, deeply interconnected, and terribly important. There is also the clear call for intergovernmental scholars to look away from Washington and toward the relationships and networks among the local governments. The book will be important to intergovernmental and public administration scholars, students, and practitioners but also to federalism, implementation, and comparative politics scholars. The authors are first-rate and the practitioners’ comments are spot on." - Carol S. Weissert, Florida State University; Editor, Publius: The Journal of Federalism
Jack W. Meek, University of La Verne

Jack W. Meek is an academy professor and a professor of public administration in the College of Business and Public Management at the University of La Verne, where he is coordinator of research & graduate studies and chair of the Master’s of Public Administration Program. Meek’s research focuses on metropolitan governance, including the emergence of administrative connections and relationships in local government, regional collaboration and partnerships, policy networks, and citizen engagement. In 2008–2010, Meek served as the American Society for Public Administration chair of the Section of Intergovernmental Administration and Management. Meek has published in the International Journal of Public Administration, Public Administration Quarterly, Journal of Public Administration Education, Administrative Theory and Praxis, Public Productivity and Management Review, Public Administration Review, and Emergence: Complexity and Organization. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior, Journal of Globalization Studies, and Social Agenda. His most recent publication is a co-authored book with Chris Koliba and Asim Zia, Governance Networks in Public Administration and Public Policy (2010).

Kurt Thurmaier, Northern Illinois University

Kurt Thurmaier is professor and director of the Division Public Administration at Northern Illinois University. His research interests include state and local public budgeting and finance, intergovernmental relations, com¬parative public management, and financing e-government, in which he has extensively researched, published, and taught. His career includes four years in the Wisconsin State Budget Office as a budget and management analyst; a Ful¬bright Scholarship at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland; consultant work with Polish local governments through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and consultant work on U.S. city-county consolidation efforts. He is an academic member of ICMA, the Illinois City/ County Management Association, and the National Association of County Administrators. In addition to numerous published articles, his books include Policy and Politics in State Budgeting (with Katherine Willoughby) and two books on consolidation, Case Studies of City-County Consolidations: Reshaping the Local Government Landscape and Case Studies of City-County Consolidations: Promises Made, Promises Kept? (both with Suzanne Leland).

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