Business Improvement Districts in Urban Governance: A Longitudinal Case Study

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Using a longitudinal case study, we analyzed the centralities and roles of the actors in an urban governance network. The results of our network text analyses and social network analyses of newspaper articles show that the director of the business improvement district, the city council, and mayors were the most central actors in the governance network. Our thematic content analyses of the policy-related actions of these actors show that while the council and mayors played their prescribed roles, the director's roles were more diversified than what his position requires. We discuss the implications of these findings for urban governance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)796-824
Number of pages29
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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