Networks in public administration scholarship: Understanding where we are and where we need to go

Kimberley R. Isett, Ines A. Mergel, Kelly Leroux, Pamela A. Mischen, R. Karl Rethemeyer

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Abstract

This article examines the road that network scholarship has followed in Public Administration. We look at the historical drivers of the use of networks in practice and scholarship in the field and discuss how that has shaped the current literature. The body of the article focuses on the current challenges that network scholars face in the discipline, specifically basic theoretical issues, knowledge about formal networks, knowledge about informal networks, and methodological issues. We close the article with a look to the future and some suggestions for the future of network scholarship in Public Administration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)i157-i173
JournalJournal of Public Administration Research and Theory
Volume21
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing

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