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ICA & Local Governance

The Institutional Collective Action (ICA) and Local Governance Project focuses on the role of institutional collective action (ICA) in the formation, evolution, and performance of voluntary approaches to local governance. Current research applies ICA to the investigation of networks of interlocal agreements, regional districts, and regional partnership organizations. This project is supported by the DeVoe Moore Center and grants from the National Science Foundation.


Review Essay


"The Institutional Collective Action Framework"



New and Ongoing Projects


Evolution of Development Collaboration in the Orlando Region (EDCOR)
Actor-oriented models of change in development network relationships among governments are examined combining networks surveys conducted in 2006, 2009 and 2012


Policy Networks and Policy (PNAP)
One and two-mode communication networks in Florida's metropolitan regions are linked to policy choices.


Administrative Organization and Sustainability
Using a the ICSD and the Portney and Berry agency directors survey we examine how agency mission, administrative structure, and director experience and preferences shape development and sustainability decisions.





Bae, Jungah. 2012. Green Governance Innovation: The Institutional Political Market for Energy Sustainable Communities (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Kim, Sangsoo. 2012. The Influence of Networks on Local Economic Development Performance (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Chen, Ssu-Hsien. 2011. Interlocal Collaboration on Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Climate Change Issues (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Ha, Hyunsang. 2011. THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF ENERGY BASED GREEN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Lee, Youngmi. 2011. Collaboration Among Governmental Organizations: Economic Development Policy Networks Among Local Governments (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Jung, Soo Hyun. 2009. Regulatory Enforcement and Policy Networks: A Study of Wetland Permits in Florida (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Kwon, Sung-Wook. 2008. Regional Organizations and Interlocal Cooperation among Florida Cities (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Lee, InWon. 2009. The Influence of Actor Attributes and Social Relations on Game Transitions: Formal Model and Empirical Analysis of Collective Action and Collaborative Economic Development Policy (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Farmer, Jayce. 2008. Institutional Collective Action and Special Purpose Governments: Special District Formation and Regional Governance (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Hawkins, Chris. 2007. Local Government Joint Ventures: Cooperation and Competition for Economic Development (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Shrestha, Manoj. 2008. Decentralized Governments, Networks and Interlocal Cooperation in Public Goods Supply (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Park, Hyung Jun. 2005. Collaborative Approach to Economic Development of Local Government and Institutional Collective Action (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Berardo, Ramiro. 2006. Resource Exchange and Collaboration in Fragmented Policy Arenas: A Study of Water Projects in Southwest Florida (Doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.



Papers and Publications


Chen, S., Feiock, R., & Hseih, J. 2016. "Regional Partnerships and Metropolitan Economic Development ," Journal of Urban Affairsg, forthcoming.


Jang, H., Feiock, R. & Saitgalina, M. 2014. "Institutional Collective Action Issues in Nonprofit Self-organized Collaboration," Administration & Society, forthcoming.


Gerber, Elizabeth, Adam Henry, and Mark Lubell. 2013. "Political Homophily and Collaboration in Regional Planning Networks," American Journal of Political Science,57(3), 598-610.


Kwon, Sung-Wook, Richard Feiock, and Jungah Bae. 2013 "The Roles of Regional Organizations in Interlocal Resource Exchange: Complement or Substitute," American Review of Public Administration,XX(X), 1-19.


Andrew, Simon A. and James Kendra. 2012. "An Adaptive Governance Approach to Disaster Behavioral Services. The Journal of Disaster Studies,"Policy and Management 36 (3).


Andrew, Simon A., and Jered B. Carr. 2012. "Mitigating Uncertainty and Risk in Planning for Regional Preparedness: The Role of Bonding and Bridging Relationships,"Urban Studies.


Bae, Jungah and Richard C. Feiock. 2012. "Managing Multiplexity: Coordinating Multiple Services at a Regional Level," State and Local Government Review 44 (2): 162-168.


Feiock, Richard C. In Won Lee and Hyung Jun Park. 2012. "Administrators' and Elected Officials' Collaboration Networks: Selecting Partners to Reduce Risk in Economic Development," Public Administration Review 72: 58–68.


Jang, Hee Soun and Richard C. 2012. "The Collective Action Issues in Nonprofit Self-organized Informal Collaboration," working paper, Denton TX: University of North Texas..


Lee, In Won, Richard C. Feiock, and Youngmi Lee. 2012. "Competitors and Cooperators: A Micro-Level Analysis of Regional Economic Development Collaboration Networks," Public Administration Review 72(2): 253-262.


Lee, Youngmi, In Won Lee, and Richard C. Feiock. 2012. "Network Embeddedness and Local Economic Development Collaboration: An Exponential Random Graph Analysis," Policy Studies Journal 40(3): 547–573.


Minkoff, Scott L. 2012b. "From Competition to Cooperation: A Dyadic Approach to Interlocal Agreements," American Politics Research.


Park, Jongsun. 2012. "Externality, Institutional Collective Action, Competition, Conflict," The Korean Journal of Policy Studies 27(1): 57-85.


Shrestha, Manoj. 2012. "Internal versus External Social Capital and the Success of Community Initiatives: A Case of Self-Organizing Collaborative Governance in Nepal," Public Administration Review.


Hawkins, Christopher V., and Simon A. Andrew. 2011. "Understanding Horizontal and Vertical Relations in the Context of Economic Development Joint Venture Agreements," Urban Affairs Review 47(3): 385-412.


Pierre, Jon. 2011. "Cost-efficiency and public interest in inter-local partnerships," Urban Research & Practice 4(1): 13-22.


Shrestha, Manoj K., and Richard C. Feiock. 2011. "Transaction Cost, Exchange Embeddedness, and Interlocal Cooperation in Local Public Goods Supply," Political Research Quarterly 64(3): 573-587.


Berardo, Ramiro and John Scholz., 2010. "Self-Organizing Policy Networks: Risk, Partner Selection, and Cooperation in Estuaries," American Journal of Political Science 54(3).


Farmer, Jayce L. 2010. "Factors influencing special purpose service delivery among counties," Public Performance & Management Review 33(4): 535-554.


Hawkins, Christopher V. 2010. "Competition and cooperation: Local government joint ventures for economic development," Journal of Urban Affairs 32(2): 253-275.


Hawkins, Christopher V., and Simon A. Andrew. 2010. "Linking Cooperative Arrangements and Economic Development Strategies: An Institutional Collective Action Framework," International Review of Public Administration 15(1) 1-16.


Kwon, Sung-Wook, Richard Feiock. 2010. "Overcoming the barriers to cooperation: Intergovernmental service agreements," Public Administration Review 70(6): 876-884.


LeRoux, Kelly, Oaul W. Brandenburger, and Sanjay K. Pandy 2010. "Interlocal service cooperation in US cities; A social network explanation," Public Administration Review 70(2): 268-278.


Tavares, António F. 2010. "The Formation of Regional Councils of Governments: A Transaction Costs Theory of Collaboration," working paper, Universidade do Minho, Portugal.


Andrew, Simon A. 2009. "Regional Integration through Contracting Networks: An Empirical Analysis of Institutional Collection Action," Urban Affairs Review 4(3): 403-427.


Carr, Jered B., Kelly LeRoux, and Manoj Shrestha. 2009. "Institutional ties, transaction costs, and external service production," Urban Affairs Review 44(3): 378-402.


Feiock, Richard C.2009. "Metropolitan Governance and Institutional Collective Action," Urban Affairs Review 45(3).


Feiock, Richard C., Annette Steinacker and Hyung-Jun Park. 2009. "Institutional Collective Action and Economic Development Joint Ventures," Public Administration Review 69(2): 256-270.


Shrestha, Manoj K., and Richard C. Feiock. 2009. "Governing US Metropolitan Areas Self-Organizing and Multiplex Service Networks," American Politics Research 37(5): 801-823.


Carr, Jered B. Elisabeth R. Gerber, Eric W. Lupher. 2008. "Explaining Horizontal and Vertical Cooperation on Public Services in Michigan: The Role of Local Fiscal Capacity," Metropolitan Affairs in Michigan, Michigan State University Press.


Feiock, Ricahrd C. 2007. "Rational Choice and Regional Governance," Journal of Urban Affairs 29(1): 47-63.


Park, Hyung Jun and Richard C. Feiock. 2007. "Institutional Collective Action, Social Capital, Regional Partnership," International Review of Public Administration 11(2): 57-69.