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The effectiveness of youth care networks in Dutch municipalities

Roozenbeek, T.P. (2018) The effectiveness of youth care networks in Dutch municipalities.

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Abstract:For several decades, networks have been a prominent area of research within the field of public administration. The question why some networks perform better and are more effective than others however remains underexposed, and network effectiveness is rarely studied as a dependent variable. This thesis does so, and it studies the effect of two independent variables (governance mode and the need for network level competencies) on network effectiveness in the context of Dutch youth care, which has been decentralized in 2015 by means of a new law called the ‘Jeugdwet’. Both direct and interaction effects of these independent variables are analyzed. The research questions are: (a) to which extent are youth care networks of neighborhood teams, primary schools and welfare organizations in Dutch municipalities effective and (b) to which extent can governance form and the need for network level competencies explain differences in network effectiveness? Moreover, elements of the oft-cited theory of Provan and Kenis (2008) regarding conditions for network effectiveness are tested, which is rarely done throughout the literature.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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