Abstract

In polycentric governance systems, decisions are often made across a series of forums, which provide the venue for actors to develop solutions for problems. Each actor is incentivized to influence forum decisions toward their organizational preferences. This incentive structure may be complicated by forum interdependence, that is, when forums are linked through some social or ecological process. Applying lessons from repeated game theory, we posit that actors participating in socially interdependent forums may be incentivized to modify or temper their inclinations toward self-serving behavior, in effect, pursuing strategies that limit their influence within a forum (to benefit interactions that occur in linked forums). We test our hypothesis using survey data collected from actors involved in two water governance systems.


Author: Dani McLaughlin



Highlights and Accomplishments:

  • Peer Reviewed Publications and Conference Presentations:
    • Mewhirter, Jack M., Danielle M. McLaughlin, & Manuel Fischer. 2019. "The Role of Forum Membership Diversity on Institutional Externalities in Resource Governance Systems." Society and Natural Resources.
    • (R&R) McLaughlin, Danielle M., Jack M. Mewhirter, James Wright, & Richard Feiock. "Mandated Collaboration: The Case of DVERT." Public Management Review.
    • (under review) Mewhirter, Jack M., Danielle M. McLaughlin. "The Pitfalls Associated with More Intensive Engagement in Collaborative Processes".
    • Mclaughlin, Danielle, Jack Mewhirter, Mark Lubell. "Spillover and Contagion Effects: Examining how Conflict Spreads Across Polycentric Governance Systems" Presented at International Spring School on Public Policy 2019, Denver, CO.
    • McLaughlin, Danielle. "The Impact of Social Interdependence on Forum Influence". Presented at SPSA 2020, San Juan, PR.
    • McLaughlin, Danielle. "The Impact of Social Interdependence on Forum Influence". To be presented at Duck Workshop in Environmental Governance 2020, Seattle, WA. [Cancelled due to COVID-19].
    • Mewhirter, Jack, and Danielle McLaughlin. "The Pitfalls Associated with More Intensive Engagement in Collaborative Processes". To be presented at MPSA 2020, Chicago, IL. [Cancelled due to COVID-19].
    • Mewhirter, Jack, Danielle McLaughlin, Manuel Fischer, and Mario Angst. "Actor Non-participation in Complex Governance Systems". To be presented at MPSA 2020, Chicago, IL. [Cancelled due to COVID-19].
  • Awards and Honors:
    • Malcolm Jewell Nominee for best graduate student paper (SPSA, 2020: winner TBA in October)
    • Florida State University Predoctoral visiting scholar (2019-2020)
    • University of Cincinnati Graduate Enhancement Award (2019)
    • SESYNC Social Networks Training Grant (2019)
    • National Society of Colonial Dames of America Research Scholarship (2019)
    • University of Cincinnati Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship (2020)
    • University of Cincinnati Taft Summer Fellowship (2020)
    • University of Cincinnati Taft Dissertation Fellowship (2020-2021)
  • Professional Development:
    • Discussant, Environmental Policy Diffusion Panel, SPSA 2020, San Juan, PR
    • Discussant, Policy Conflict Panel, IPPA 2019, Denver, CO
    • SESYNC Social Networks Training, Annapolis, MD, 2019
    • ICPSR Spatial Econometrics Training, Ann Arbor, MI, 2019
    • International Spring School on Public Policy, Denver, CO, 2019