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The research question guiding of this dissertation asks, "How and to what extent do network relations of a city with organizations within its community and external networks with external governmental and other development actors influence success in attracting jobs, business, and economic development?" Little to no empirical research has touched on the effects of a certain type of network on performance. Thus, this dissertation investigates whether the scope and type of networks (internal and external networks) are related to the performance of economic development (e.g., change in the manufacturing employment, firms, investment). A transaction costs based theoretical framework is advances in which government's internal networks with organizations in the community and external networks with other governments and development actors influence the transaction costs of economic development. Network relationships are identified based on a national survey of cities conducted in 2004. Patterns of manufacturing development growth from 2002 to 2007 are estimated based on network structure, development policies, political structure, regional competition, and socioeconomic characteristics. Two sets of regression equations based on these models are estimated to test these hypotheses. The implications of the findings for research and practice will be discussed in the conclusion.
Local Economic Development, Network, Performance, Social Capital, Transaction Cost
Date of Defense
February 27, 2012.
A Dissertation submitted to the Reubin O'D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Includes bibliographical references.
Richard Feiock, Professor Directing Dissertation; Charles Barrilleaux, University Representative; Lance deHaven-Smith, Committee Member; Keon-Hyung Lee, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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