Collaborative networks and environmental governance performance : a social influence model

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Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationPublic Management Review
Publication statusOnline published - 23 Jul 2020


This study aims to answer the following research question: how do collaborative networks affect the performance of individual policy actors embedded in the network? We examine this question with a unique dataset on water governance in Dongguan city, China. We hypothesize that collaborative network affects the environmental performance of policy actors through a social influence mechanism, and that the performance of an ego actor will emulate that of alters in the network. We test this hypothesis by estimating network/spatial autoregressive models, and the results confirm the presence of a social influence effect.

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  • Collaborative networks, governance networks, network performance, governance performance, environmental policy