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TITLE:
Facilitating Interlocal Collaboration: Community and the Soft Skills of Public Management

AUTHOR(S):
Ricardo S. Morse, Iowa State University

DOCUMENT TYPE: Article

This paper was presented at the 8th National Public Management Research Conference, hosted by the University of Southern California, September 29-October 1, 2005.

ABSTRACT:

This paper explores the issue of interlocal collaboration in non-metro areas and argues that the concept of community and related "soft skills" that go along with it are critical to understanding how increased collaboration can be encouraged. An action research process piloted in two Iowa counties provides the basis for this study and offers rich qualitative insight into some of the factors that influence non-metro interlocal collaboration.