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Collaborative Environmental Governance Frameworks

A Practical Guide, 1st Edition

By Timothy Gieseke

CRC Press

224 pages | 42 B/W Illus.

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This book takes a practical approach to understanding and describing collaborative governance for resolving environmental problems. It introduces a new collaborative governance assessment model and recognizes that collaborations are a natural result of organizations converging around complex issues. Rather than identifying actors by their type of organization, the actors are identified by the type of role they play. This approach is aligned with how individuals and organizations interact in practice, and their dependance on collaborations to solve emerging environmental problems. The book discusses real cases with governance issues and creates new frameworks for collaborations.


  • Addresses communities at all levels and scales that are gravitating toward collaborations to solve their environmental issues.
  • Prepares and enables individuals to participate in collaborative governance and design collaborative governance frameworks.
  • Introduces the first simplified and standardized model to assess governance using governance actors and styles.
  • Explains governance in simple terms and builds governance frameworks from the individual’s perspective; the smallest, viable unit of governance in a collaboration.
  • Describes "tools of convergence" for collaborative leaders to organize and align activities to create shared-governance outcomes and outputs.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Dissecting Collaborative Governance. The DNA of Collaborative Governance, Taking a Governance Style "Personality Test". Comparing Governance Footprints. Governance Frameworks. Becoming Collaborative Governance Literate. The Demand for Collaborations. Silos and Tame Problems. Emergence of Wicked Problems. Inter-Connected Society. Collaborations and Wicked Problems. How Collaborations Evolve. Putting Collaborative Ecosystems Together, Collaborative Objectives and the "Point of Service". Intra-Organizational Assessments. Inter-Organizational Assessments. Choose Tools of Convergence. Decide Collaboration Model. Complete Framework Template. Reading the Governance Dashboard. Analyzing Collaborative Ecosystem. Conclusion.

About the Author

Timothy M. Gieseke’s interdisciplinary career is reflected in the research and insights of his writings. A master’s degree in environmental sciences is a cornerstone for his perspective on agriculture sustainability. He also brings experience in agriculture production, governmental experience in conservation planning, policy analysis at state and federal levels, political endeavors, and agribusiness management. With this near panoramic view of landscape sustainability, Tim recognized the need for a transdisciplinary approach to enable practitioners and policy-makers to transcend and blur the lines between their traditional organizational boundaries. He has carried this vision through several of his local to global efforts. He is the author of the book Shared Governance for Sustainable Working Landscapes published by CRC Press in 2016.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General