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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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dc.contributor.author Chenier, Eric
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-01T17:10:24Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-01T17:10:24Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02-01
dc.date.submitted December 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/17421
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Robert Wood Johnson Foundation en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Policy Advocacy en_US
dc.subject Social Network Analysis en_US
dc.subject Public Administration en_US
dc.subject Bonding Theory en_US
dc.subject Management Networks en_US
dc.subject Network Administrative Organization en_US
dc.subject Service Implementation Networks en_US
dc.subject Mental Health en_US
dc.subject Resource Dependence en_US
dc.subject Clique en_US
dc.subject Quadratic Assignment Procedure en_US
dc.subject Qualitative Network Analysis en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Business networks--Social aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Policy networks--Social aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Interagency coordination--Social aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Communication in public administration
dc.subject.lcsh Community mental health services--Administration
dc.title Service implementation network engagement: An Indicator of policy advocacy? en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Masters of Public Administration en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. School of Public Administration en_US
dc.description.advisor Huang, Kun
dc.description.committee-member Rivera, Mario
dc.description.committee-member Jimenez, James
dc.description.committee-member Huang, Kun

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