The diffusion of governance in state economic development

Kenyatta K Lovett, Tennessee State University


Participatory governance is one of a variety of approaches to improve accountability, efficiency, and responsiveness in the work of governing. As of 2011, 22 states have adopted some form of formal participatory governance structure in economic development. Historically, state economic development has been noted for being influenced by external private actors in the areas of policy and public finance. However, these 22 states have now chosen governing structures that provide a more transparent view of how state economic development is run in a given state by bringing in private actors formally. Descriptive and event history analyses have been used to understand the adoption of formal participatory governance adoption across 48 states. The outcome of the descriptive analysis revealed a common explicit focus among the 22 adopting states on establishing these structures to improve administrative efficiency. However, the results of the event history analysis revealed influences from political capacity, mainly through the presence of a new governor and political partisan control. The values for inclusion through formal participatory governance examined in this study align more with preferences for administrative performance than specific outcomes in state economic performance.

Subject Area

Economic theory|Public administration|Public policy

Recommended Citation

Kenyatta K Lovett, "The diffusion of governance in state economic development" (2014). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3623027.