The coordination of inter-organisational networks is key to their success and yet partnership management in the context of regional economic development remains a complex and ambiguous process. To address this lack of understanding this article reviews the extant literature on brokerage and network coordination to present a theoretical framework comprising three propositions of the benefits of a private sector influence over the management and coordination of multi- organisational economic development partnerships. The propositions are then explored through a qualitative study of those tasked with the role of leading the management of Local Enterprise Partnerships in England. The findings conversely reveal a reliance on the public sector to lead the framing and mobilisation of these networks and questions whether the policy shift has resulted in truly collaborative governance.
|Journal||Local Government Studies|
|Early online date||4 Mar 2021|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 4 Mar 2021|
Bibliographical noteThis is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Local Government Studies. Broadhurst, K, Berkeley, N & Ferreira, J 2021, 'Shapers or schemers of collaborative governance: network management in England’s Local Enterprise Partnerships', Local Government Studies, vol. (In-Press), pp. (In-Press).
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- economic development