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Service implementation network engagement: An Indicator of policy advocacy?


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Service implementation network engagement: An Indicator of policy advocacy?

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Title: Service implementation network engagement: An Indicator of policy advocacy?
Author: Chenier, Eric
Advisor(s): Huang, Kun
Committee Member(s): Rivera, Mario
Jimenez, James
Huang, Kun
Department: University of New Mexico. School of Public Administration
Subject: Policy Advocacy
Social Network Analysis
Public Administration
Bonding Theory
Management Networks
Network Administrative Organization
Service Implementation Networks
Mental Health
Resource Dependence
Quadratic Assignment Procedure
Qualitative Network Analysis
LC Subject(s): Business networks--Social aspects
Policy networks--Social aspects
Interagency coordination--Social aspects
Communication in public administration
Community mental health services--Administration
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: Service implementation network engagement and its effects on the likelihood that organizations will engage in collaborative policy advocacy is studied. The research was based on a centrally governed mental health service network in Bernalillo County New Mexico. The study population consists of one for-profit network administrative organization (NAO) contracted by the state and 33 mental health service providers representing all three sectors. Based on earlier research, several hypotheses are developed regarding the roles of resource dependence, organizational embeddedness in cliques, and the bonding model of network organizing. The hypotheses are tested using multiple regression quadratic assignment procedure (MRQAP). The study generated two important findings. First, similar dependence on the NAO, based on service linkages, is found to be negatively related to policy advocacy. Second, those specific organizations who both share a clique with the NAO and who are similarly dependent upon the NAO find themselves to be more likely to engage in dyadic relations of policy advocacy. v Based on limited interview data, a qualitative analysis was undertaken. This analysis, more specifically, attempts to shine some light on the content of policy advocacy. The analysis finds that organizational decisions to engage in policy advocacy can be best understood from a bottom up approach starting with the development of social capital and understanding the dynamics of resource dependence in a centrally governed network. This analysis is followed up with a discussion, focusing on theoretical and practical implications and suggestions for further research.
Graduation Date: December 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/17421

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