Journal on Policy & Complex Systems Volume 3, Issue 2 - Page 52

Policy and Complex Systems - Volume 3 Number 2 - Fall 2017 Dynamics of Intergovernmental Networks: Harnessing Agent-Based Modeling Simulations for Resilient Infrastructures Asim Zia, Christopher Koliba A Abstract Agent-based models (ABMs) can be deployed as policy informatics platforms to track resource flows and distributions under differential configurations of intergovernmental networks and shocks to the policy systems. This study provides a detailed application of a policy informatics platform in the contested arena of transportation policy implementation networks across federal, the state of Vermont, and its regional and local governments. Through this policy informatics platform, two specific questions are addressed: (1) How the allocation and distribution of federal and state funding resources for transportation infrastructure development projects changes under different configurations of weighting state versus regional versus local government priorities? (2) How do different shocks to the intergovernmental policy system, such as increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and/or federally mandated funding sequestrations, influence the distribution of financial resources across regional and local governments? A pattern-oriented, ABM of a transportation governance network, calibrated for the state of Vermont including its regional and local town governments, is presented. This ABM simulates the dynamics of transportatio