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What Explains Collaboration in High and Low Conflict Contexts? Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks in Four Countries

Kammerer, Marlene; Wagner, Paul M.; Gronow, Antti; Yl�?Anttila, Tuomas; Fisher, Dana R.; Sun?Jin, Yun


Marlene Kammerer

Antti Gronow

Tuomas Yl�?Anttila

Dana R. Fisher

Yun Sun?Jin


Explaining collaboration between actors involved in policy processes is crucial for understanding these processes and their outcomes. The policy science literature has advanced several hypotheses explicating what enables or hinders collaboration. However, only a handful of studies compare these factors across different policy contexts. This paper investigates the role of beliefs and influence in shaping collaboration under conditions of high and low conflict by estimating Exponential Random Graph Models using network survey data on the climate policy domains in four countries. Results show that both beliefs and influence are associated with the formation of collaboration ties in the high conflict contexts of South Korea and the United States, whereas neither are significant in the low conflict contexts of Sweden and Switzerland. By considering the level of conflict, our findings provide a more nuanced understanding of when beliefs and influence shape collaboration patterns.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 22, 2020
Online Publication Date Jan 17, 2021
Publication Date 2021-11
Deposit Date Sep 26, 2022
Journal Policy Studies Journal
Print ISSN 0190-292X
Electronic ISSN 1541-0072
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 49
Issue 4
Pages 1065-1086
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