THE LIMITATIONS OF PUBLIC MANAGEMENT NETWORKS
Article first published online: 21 MAR 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Public Administration © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 89, Issue 2, pages 265–284, June 2011
How to Cite
McGUIRE, M. and AGRANOFF, R. (2011), THE LIMITATIONS OF PUBLIC MANAGEMENT NETWORKS. Public Administration, 89: 265–284. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.01917.x
- Issue published online: 23 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 21 MAR 2011
- Date received 18 September 2008. Date accepted 30 January 2010.
With regard to public management network theory development, among the most important issues that remain is a recognition of the limitations of networks. Networks often find reasonable solution approaches, but then run into operational, performance, or legal barriers that prevent the next action step. Networks face challenges in converting solutions into policy energy, assessing internal effectiveness, surmounting the inevitable process blockages, mission drift, and so on. While research on network management continues unabated, it is necessary to consider how networks are limited and challenged, and how/when these limitations can be overcome.