Michael D. Carr and Philip Mellizo
Jun Li, José Sánchez, Jered B. Carr and Michael D. Siciliano
Research on collaboration often considers relational ties as binary or weighted indicators of whether two actors interact or not. While the use of survey instruments, hyper-links, and other methods of network data collection can reveal important information about the structure of collaborative networks, the qualitative nature of the ties that comprise those networks has been largely ignored. This chapter contributes to our understanding of collaborative relationships by examining intergovernmental agreements created by local governments in Iowa and providing a methodological approach that can be adopted by other scholars. Data from a sample of 500 agreements created between 2007 and 2017 are used to examine three broad questions: (1) How are these collaborations implemented and through what institutional mechanisms?; (2) Who are the organizations that take part in these collaborative arrangements?; and (3) What purposes do the partners include in these agreements to explain why the organizations chose to collaborate?