Navigating Governance Networks for Urban Issues: Global Trends and Prospects


This study examines the critical role of governance networks in addressing urban issues from a global perspective. We further elucidate the inception of these networks and how they can contribute to resolving the multifaceted challenges in urban issues. We employed a qualitative research method underpinned by an integrated literature review (ILR) approach. ILR, as a research methodology, allows for the critical examination, integration, and synthesis of extant literature, thereby enabling the generation of fresh frameworks and perspectives on the topic at hand. Our findings underscore the need for diverse actors, including government officials, societal figures, and entrepreneurs, to govern these networks and address urban issues. We also discovered that governance networks, by structuring societal dynamics, are systematically influenced by global socioeconomic and political regulatory mechanisms. Their applications span various public sector issues, such as mass media, healthcare, and water governance. The primary limitation of our study lies in the lack of field studies. Despite this, the outcomes offer significant insights into the theoretical concepts of governance networks from different regions, a distinctive contribution to the existing body of knowledge.

Keywords: urban issues, governance networks, theoretical concept

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