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Building consensual institutions: Networks and the National Estuary Program

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TitleBuilding consensual institutions: Networks and the National Estuary Program
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsSchneider M, Scholz J, Lubell M, Mindruta D, Edwardsen M
JournalAmerican Journal Of Political Science
Volume47
Pagination143-158
Date PublishedJan
Accession NumberISI:000181804700010
Abstract

Currently, many approaches to solving policy problems seek to create comm unity-based, less coercive solutions that are creating the conditions for the birth of new regional governmental institutions. We argue that networks form the core of these emergent structures and that federal programs can play a positive role in developing local networks. Our empirical work compares networks in estuaries included in National Estuary Program with networks in comparable estuaries that were not. We find that the networks in NEP areas span more levels of government, integrate more experts into policy discussions, nurture stronger interpersonal ties between stakeholders, and create greater faith in the procedural fairness of local policy, thus laying the foundation for a new form of cooperative governance.

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