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Linkage between Service Delivery and Administrative Advocacy: Comparative Evidence on Cliques from a Mental Health Network in the US and an Elderly Care Network in China

Kun Huang, , Beilei Yang, Shanshan Zou

Abstract: Third-party service providers often collaborate in both service delivery and administrative advocacy. Yet the linkage between such collaboration has been overlooked. The article studies how joint advocacy inside two government-funded service delivery networks are formed, based on the concepts of service provider clique overlap, multiplexity, and resource tangibility. Comparative network analysis of data from a mental health services network in the US and a community-based elderly care network in China showed consistent support for the linkage between service provider cliques and joint administrative advocacy. Theoretically, it advances the study of advocacy coalitions by highlighting the nuanced effects of service provider cliques on advocacy partnerships.
Keywords: service delivery collaboration / administrative advocacy / comparative network analysis / urban governance

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