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Current scholarship identifies benefits to both high quality partnerships and extensive networks when managing shared policy goals. However, with limited collaborative capacity, many public-sector agencies are faced with a decision of whether to pursue quality connections with specific organizations or more partnerships with an array of organizations. Using survey data from 72 local air agencies, findings indicate that quality of partnerships are better predictors of improved air quality than quantity of partnerships. Conclusions suggest building high quality partnerships is more important than having many partnerships when pursuing shared policy goals in a multi-dimensional environment.


The published title is “Is Partnership Intensity or Density More Effective?"

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group, in Public Performance & Management Review in 2019, available online at doi: 10.1080/15309576.2018.1562946