A Longitudinal Network Analysis of Intergovernmental Collaboration for Local Economic Development

Youngmi Lee, In Won Lee

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Fragmented jurisdictions in a metropolitan area have found collaborating with others to be not only normatively appealing but also practically beneficial for reducing negative externalities from intense development competition. However, collaboration among communities could involve collective action dilemmas. As an alternative governance mechanism, jurisdictions strategically establish informal networks with others, depending on the conditions where jurisdictions are involved. This study focuses on the strategic behavior of individual jurisdictions for their economic growth: how autonomous jurisdictions have selected collaborative partners and how the collaboration has evolved over time. We apply an institutional collective action framework and a longitudinal network analysis using Simulation Investigation for Empirical Network Analysis (SIENA). The results indicate that, although there is strong evidence that jurisdictions create mutual and clustered relations with others in collaborative networks, there is relatively less for making ties to a popular actor. In addition, jurisdictions are more likely to collaborate with others who share similar political and socio-economic characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-257
Number of pages29
JournalUrban Affairs Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2022


  • SIENA (Simulation Investigation for Empirical Network Analysis)
  • interorganizational collaboration
  • local economic development policy
  • network evolution


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