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Chapter 8: Assessing Performance in Polycentric Governance System Interactions

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Type: Book Chapter
Author: Koontz, Tomas M.; Garrick, Dustin; Heikkila, Tanya; Villamayor-Tomas, Sergio
Book Title: Governing Complexity: Analyzing and Applying Polycentricity
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Location: New York
Page(s): 246-276
Date: 2019
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10777
Sector: Theory
Subject(s): Governing Complexity
Abstract: "This chapter compares insights from our empirical cases of three kinds of interactions: cooperation, conflict and conflict resolution, and competition. The elements of authority, information, and resources affected incentives and interactions differently. Focusing on interactions as a unit of analysis points to a variety of performance criteria that may be appropriate. These criteria for assessing outcomes and processes cannot all be optimized at once, as trade-offs are evident, and different types of interaction are likely to entail different performance combinations. In our case studies, no performance criterion scored high across all cases, and no case performed well across all performance criteria."

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