The “watershed” of collaboration: The impact of legislation and collective actions on environmental outcomes

This paper combines the regression discontinuity in time (RDiT) design and longitudinal analysis to examine the impacts of state legislation and the subsequent collaborative projects on water quality.

July 2023 · Yixin Liu, Jiho Kim, Tina Nabatchi

All hands on deck: The role of collaborative platforms and lead organizations in achieving environmental goals

This paper combines the difference-in-differences (DiD) methods and content analysis to examine the effectiveness of collaborative platforms in supporting local collaborations for natural resource management.

May 2023 · Yixin Liu, Heewon Lee

How and when democratic values matter: Challenging the effectiveness-centric framework in program evaluation

Using a conjoint experiment, this research compare the effects of effectiveness and democratic values in predicting public program evaluation, conditioned on citizens’ trust in government.

March 2023 · Yixin Liu, Heewon Lee, Frances Berry

Micro foundations of interlocal collaboration: An experimental test

This paper uses a conjoint experiment involving U.S. municipal officials to compare three fundamental theories: rational choice, political homophily, and social capital, in predicting the willingness to collaborate.

January 2023 · Yixin Liu

Public trust and collaborative governance: An instrumental variable approach

This research utilizes public integrity information, randomly assigned as the instrumental variable, to explore the impact of trust in government on citizens’ perceptions of collaborative governance.

July 2022 · Yixin Liu

The effectiveness of network administrative organizations in governing inter-jurisdictional natural resources

This paper uses the synthetic control method, incorporating monthly water quality data from 14 river monitoring sites in two neighboring cities, to examine the effectiveness of the Network Administrative Organization (NAO) model in reducing water pollution.

January 2022 · Yixin Liu, Chao Tan