Scientific article

Updating the institutional collective action framework

Publication date2020

The Institutional Collective Action (ICA) framework has contributed to understanding collective action problems in fragmented governance and identified mechanisms for overcoming them. Participation in collaboration is risky––even if it has the potential to make all parties better off. This framework has uniquely shown how collaboration risk and other transaction costs can be overcome to create effective collaborations for addressing complex policy issues. However, after over a decade of use, the framework is due for critical evaluation and articulation of its state of the art and science to better inform future scholarship. For this purpose, this article defines key concepts and formulates assumptions, as well as reviews the empirical contributions and longstanding limitations of the ICA framework. A robust agenda for future research is also outlined. To move forward, we believe ICA research should focus on the foundational core of the ICA framework, maintain flexibility in explanatory models, and expand the scope beyond the collective action problems at the local level.

  • Collaborative governance
  • Fragmentation
  • Institutional collective action framework
  • Networks
  • Policy change
  • Policy process
  • Swiss National Science Foundation - InfraGouv: Economie Politique de la gestion des infrastructures d'eau (FNS 169521)
Citation (ISO format)
KIM, Serena Y. et al. Updating the institutional collective action framework. In: Policy Studies Journal, 2020. doi: 10.1111/psj.12392
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ISSN of the journal0190-292X

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