Day 1 Theory and practice

 Attention: required readings may change

14.00-16.00  Lecture: Government, governance and governance networks, Erik Hans Klijn

Required readings:

  • Rhodes (1996), ‘The new governance: Governing without government’, Political Studies Association, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 652-667.
  • Ansell, C. and A. Gash (2008). Collaborative Governance in Theory and Practice. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 18(4): 543–71
  • V. Kersbergen and F.V. Waarden (2004), ‘‘Governance’ as a bridge between disciplines: Cross-disciplinary inspiration regarding shifts in governance and problems of governability, accountability and legitimacy’, European Journal of Political Research, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 143-171.

16.00-18.00    2 Mini Lectures

Theories of network  governance, Erik Hans Klijn

Required readings (may change):

  • I. Agranoff and M. McGuire (2001), ‘Big questions in public network management research’, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 295-326.
  • Klijn, E.H. (2008). Governance and Governance Networks in Europe. Public Management Review 10 (4): 505-525
  • Scharpf (1994), ‘Games real actors could play: Positive and negative coordination in embedded negotiations’, Journal of Theoretical Politics, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 27-53.
  • Klijn, E.H., J.F.M. Koppenjan (2016), Governance networks in the public sector, Oxon: Routledge

Measuring the effectiveness of network governance, Jenny Lewis

Required readings (may change):

  • G. Provan and Milward, H. B. (2001), ‘Do networks really work? A framework for evaluating public-sector organizational networks’, Public Administration Review, vol. 61, no. 4, pp. 414-423.
  • Lewis, JM, Baeza, JI, and Alexander, D (2008) ‘Partnerships in primary care in Australia: network structure, dynamics and sustainability’, Social Science and Medicine 67: 280-291.


Day 2: Analyzing networks

8:30-9:00        Coffee and tea

9:00-11:30         Lecture: Reconstructing and analyzing complex decision making processes, Erik Hans Klijn

Required readings (may change):

  • Klijn, E.H., J.F.M. Koppenjan (2016), Governance networks in the public sector, Oxon: Routledge (especially chapter 12).
  • R. Teisman (2000), ‘Models for research into decision-making processes: On phases, streams and rounds’, Public Administration, vol. 78, no. 4, pp. 937-956.
  • M. Bryson (2004), ‘What to do when stakeholders matter: Stakeholder identification and analysis techniques’, Public Management Review, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 41-53.

11.45-13.00: Phd presentations

14.00-16.00: Lecture & exercise: The social network perspective

Jenny Lewis

Required readings (may change):

  • Kilduff, M. and W. Tsai. (2003). Social networks and organizations. Sage, London. Chapters 2 and 3, pages 13-65.
  • Lewis, J.M. (2010). Connecting and cooperating: Social capital and public policy, UNSW Press, Sydney. Chapter 2 – pages 48-72.


16.15-18.00  Phd presentations



Day 3: Normative aspects of networks

8:30-9:00        Coffee and tea

9.00-10.00      Lecture: The democratic legitimacy of network governance, Erik Hans Klijn

Required readings:

  • Hirst, P. (2000). Democracy and governance. In J. Pierre (Ed.), Debating governance: Authority, steering and democracy (pp. 13–35). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Sørensen, E., & Torfing, J. (2005). The democratic anchorage of governance networks. Scandinavian Political Studies, 28(3), 195–218.
  • H. Klijn and C. Skelcher (2007), ‘Democracy and network governance: Compatible or not? Four conjectures and their implications’, Public Administration, vol. 85, no. 3, pp. 587-608

10.15-11.30   Phd Presentations

11:45-13:00   Lecture & exercise: Public sector innovation and network governance, Jenny Lewis

Required readings (may change):

  • Lewis, JM, Ricard, LM, Klijn, EH (2018) ‘How innovation drivers, networking and leadership shape public sector innovation capacity’, International Review of Administrative Sciences 84(2): 288-307.
  • Lewis, JM, Ricard, LM, Klijn, EH and Ysa, T (2017) Innovation in city governments: structures, networks, and leadership. Routledge, New York. Chapter 7: Innovation networks: Connections and brokerage, 129-147

13:00-14:00   Lunch

14.00-16.00    Interactive lecture: How to research networks

Jenny Lewis

Required readings:

  • Zølner, M., I.O. Rasmussen and A.D. Hansen. (2007). ’Qualitative interviews: Studying network narratives’ in  P. Bogason and M. Zølner (eds) Methods in Democratic Network Governance, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 125-147.
  • Lewis, JM and Chatzopoulou, S. (2015) ‘Analysing networks’, in (K Lyngaard, I Manners, and K Löfgren, eds) Research methods in European Union studies, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 165-183.
  • Lewis, J.M. (2006). ‘Being around and knowing the players: Networks of influence in health policy’, Social Science and Medicine, 62(9): 2125-2136.

16.15-18.00    Network management

Required readings: suggestion (may change)

  • W. Gage and M. P. Mandell (Eds) (1990), Strategies for managing Intergovernmental policies and networks. New York: Praeger, pp. 20-53.
  • Klijn, E.H., J.F.M. Koppenjan (2016), Governace networks in the public sector, Oxon: Routledge
  • Meier, K. & L.J. O’Toole (2007), ‘Modelling public management: empirical analysis of the management-performance nexus’, Public Administration Review, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 503-527
  • McGuire, M. and R. Agranoff. 2011. ‘The Limitations of Public Management Networks’, Public Administration, 98, 2, 265–84.


Day 4: The future of network governance research

09.00-10.00       PhD Presentations

10.15-11.30         Guest lecturer

12.00-13.00       Lunch/Discussion: Future of network research,  Erik Hans Klijn, Jenny Lewis, Guest Lecturer

Optional reading:

  • Lewis, JM (2011) ‘The future of network governance research: Strength in diversity and synthesis’ (Introduction to symposium of papers on network governance research), Public Administration 89(4): 1221-1234.



The course has several sessions in which the PhD students get a chance to present their research project to the other PhD students and senior researchers. The PhD-students will be divided into groups according to the topic of their thesis.

Each student must prepare and circulate a 10-15 page project description or paper which reports (part of) the research in advance. The oral presentations must be organized around the following questions: 1) What are the research questions and how are these to be investigated? 2) What role do governance networks play in the study? 3) What is the role of network management for ensuring the production of desired outcomes of network governance? 4) Which theories and methods will be applied in the study? The oral presentation should not take more than 15 minutes. It will be followed by feedback from senior researchers and the peer group.