Institutional determinants of collaboration: An empirical study of county open-space protection

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Collaboration is an increasingly important topic in the public administration and management literatures. A preponderance of studies focuses on how managers can build trust between the government and collaborative partners by means of behavioral attributes and managerial skill. In this article, the author suggests that stable institutions and local government structure facilitate collaboration by allowing public managers to more credibly commit in a policy arena. Using county data on open-space policy, the author finds empirical support for the proposition that county form of government, along with rules governing debt accumulation and administrative commitment, increases the breadth of county collaboration in open-space protection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Public Administration Research and Theory
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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