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Understanding voluntary program performance: Introducing the diffusion network perspective

van der Heijden, Jeroen

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Voluntary programs have rapidly become a means for the public, private, and third sectors to regulate and govern complex societal problems. Following the rapid and widespread emergence of these programs, scholars have been active in mapping, exploring, and interrogating their design and performance. Considerable advances have been made in describing program design and context conditions, and the actors involved in the voluntary program that relate to program performance. Less is known, however,...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorvan der Heijden, Jeroen
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-21T23:47:45Z
dc.date.available2020-07-21T23:47:45Z
dc.identifier.issn1748-5983
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/206455
dc.description.abstractVoluntary programs have rapidly become a means for the public, private, and third sectors to regulate and govern complex societal problems. Following the rapid and widespread emergence of these programs, scholars have been active in mapping, exploring, and interrogating their design and performance. Considerable advances have been made in describing program design and context conditions, and the actors involved in the voluntary program that relate to program performance. Less is known, however, about how these conditions affect program performance. Starting with one of the dominant theories on voluntary programs, the club theory perspective, this article seeks to understand how different program design conditions interact to affect the performance of 26 voluntary programs for low carbon building and city development in Australia, the Netherlands, and the United States. Applying qualitative comparative analysis, the study finds that the club theory perspective has limited explanatory power for this specific set of cases. Iterative rounds of analysis indicate that a diffusion network perspective is the best complementary perspective for explaining the performance of this set of programs. The article concludes that, in situations of a non-homogeneous market of voluntary program participants, a focus on the programs' diffusion networks helps to explain their performance. This has implications for the design and implementation of such programs.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe research reported in this article was funded through grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (grant numbers 451-11-015 and 016-165-322), and a grant from the Australian Research Council (grant number DE150100511).
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherJohn Wiley and Sons Australia
dc.rights© 2018 The Author
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.sourceRegulation & Governance
dc.subjectbuilt environment
dc.subjectclub theory
dc.subjectqualitative comparative analysis
dc.subjecturban climate governance
dc.subjectvoluntary program
dc.titleUnderstanding voluntary program performance: Introducing the diffusion network perspective
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume14
dc.date.issued2018-03-24
local.identifier.absfor160514 - Urban Policy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu6269649xPUB791
local.publisher.urlhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationVan der Heijden, Jeroen, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DE150100511
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage44
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage62
local.identifier.doi10.1111/rego.12192
local.identifier.absseo940204 - Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
dc.date.updated2020-04-12T08:22:31Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85055996367
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenanceThis is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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