Type of Document Dissertation Author Park, Hyung Jun Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-11142005-122925 Title Collaborative Approach to Economic Development of Local Government and Institutional Collective Action Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department Public Administration and Policy, School of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Richard C. Feiock Committee Chair Frances S. Berry Committee Member John T. Scholz Committee Member Lance deHaven-Smith Committee Member Keywords
- Economic Development Policy
- Joint Venture
- Regional Partnership
- Interlocal Cooperation and Network
- Instituional Collective Action
- Social Capital
- Transaction Cost
- Metropolitan and Local Governance
Date of Defense 2005-11-02 Availability unrestricted AbstractWhen will local governments in a fragmented metropolitan area cooperate rather than compete in their pursuit of economic development? Under what conditions and factors will cooperation evolve in a predominantly competitive environment?
Economic development is typically characterized by a competitive environment in which communities compete with each other and economic development policy area thus presents one of the toughest cases for institutional collective action. Although competition remains pervasive, there are numerous examples of collaborative approaches and cooperative actions for economic development.
Recent work has advanced the idea that competition and cooperation are complimentary actions resulting from strategic interactions among local actors.
There are various types of collaborative approaches to economic development in metropolitan areas. This dissertation investigates two types of cooperative relationships in the economic development- the first are regional economic partnerships that coordinate action and promote development or a regional basis; the second are joint ventures with other local governments to pursue economic development though specific collaborative projects. Both partnership and joint venture are types of institutional collective action but the two approaches have somewhat different characteristics and we can expect ICA to occur under different conditions. This study present and test models of institutional collective action focusing on the formation of regional partnership and emergence of interlocal joint ventures for economic development.
The empirical results reported here suggest that cooperation can be viable when local institutions reduce the transaction costs of joint action. Transaction costs can be reduced by social capital that is a product of local political institutions and network relationships. Whatever scope of cooperation is large or small, cooperation emerge easily with low transaction cost by reputation, information, and trust. Both results of regional and interlocal collaborative approach models reported social capital and networks structure has positive effect on cooperation among local governments. This provides a repudiation of the conclusion that local governments can not cooperate on economic development issues.
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