Effective co-production in local government networks: A story of structure

Anna Uster, Itai Beeri, Dana Vashdi

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This research examines whether the extent of citizen involvement as co-producers in a local government network helps explain the relationship between a network’s structure (density and cliques) and its effectiveness. We developed a model and hypotheses based on the combination of two theories: Provan and Milward inter-organizational network theory and Ostrom’s polycentric theory of co-production. Our main premise is that specific organizational structures enable more citizen co-production which in turn enhances network effectiveness. A sample of 565 participants from 64 Israeli networks in a nation-wide youth at risk program demonstrates that the degree to which the network is divided into subgroups (cliques), not the network’s density, enhances the extent of citizen-users’ co-production, which increases network effectiveness. Theoretical and practical contributions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Public Management Journal
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Public Administration


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