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The theme of regional public-private networks for sustainable development was a topic scarcely addressed by academic literature until the last decade. For several years now, however, there have been diverse turns of thought re-evaluating the local dimension in terms of sustainability and social responsibility.
On the one hand, changes in the concept of “public governance” (Jessop, 1995; Kooiman, 1999) has helped distinguish the diverse levels in which such a concept can be applied: macro (state or society); meso (networks) and micro (single organizations). New arrangements in public services provisions have emerged from the shift away from a unitary state to a more fragmented system of government where a range of non-governmental bodies participate in the
delivery of public services (Rhodes, 1997).
Particularly, in the last few decades, both practitioners and scholars have become increasingly interested in the shift from new public management to public value – an emerging approach that represents a paradigmatic break from the traditional model of public administration (Hood, 1991) with different managerial implications (O’Flynn, 2007). At the same time, more relevance has been attributed to the “organizational” level, with particular reference to public governance systems, governance mechanisms and governance roles. In this context, “organizational governance” is defined as the system by which an organization is directed, controlled and made accountable. Accordingly, governance deals with
the rights and responsibilities of an organization’s governing body, its management and stakeholders (Charkham and Simpson, 1999).
On the other hand, the debate on private corporate governance, nourished by the diffusion of an orientation towards corporate social responsibility and the sustainability of the firm, and of the… http://www.econ.uniurb.it/RePEc/urb/wpaper/WP_12_04.pdf


Mara Del Baldo, (U. Urbino) , Paola Demartini (U.Roma III)


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