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Networked urban governance: a socio-structural analysis of transport strategies in London and New York

da Cruz, Nuno F. ORCID: 0000-0003-3381-6359, Rode, Philipp, Mcquarrie, Michael, Badstuber, Nicole ORCID: 0000-0001-8643-582X and Robin, Enora (2022) Networked urban governance: a socio-structural analysis of transport strategies in London and New York. Urban Affairs Review. ISSN 1078-0874

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This paper investigates urban governance empirically by applying social network analysis methods to data gathered through structured interviews in London and New York. We explore how decisions are made in complex institutional environments inhabited by various types of actors. Owing to the time-consuming data collection and treatment processes, the research zooms in on transport. The comparative approach enabled the detection of different structural features in the governance networks shaping transport strategies in both cities. The perceived relative power, influence, dependence and/or affinity between the actors involved is discussed based on network attributes. The evidence suggests that transport governance in London is more centralised (and, arguably, more technocratic and integrated), in the sense that a few prestigious entities are clearly more prominent. In New York the institutional environment is typified by many checks and balances (and, arguably, more democratic and fragmented), where central actors are less obvious.

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Divisions: LSE Cities
School of Public Policy
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2022 11:45
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2024 00:21

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