Traditional governance, even when it is functioning effectively and fairly, often produces clear winners and clear losers, leaving smoldering resentments that flare up whenever there is a shift in the balance of power. Over the past two and a half decades, a new style of governance has arisen to disrupt some of that winner-takes-all dynamic, offering parties a means to collectively navigate their interests in a highly focused and democratic way. Collaborative Governance is the first comprehensive practice-based textbook on the topic, presenting a solid grounding in relevant theory while also focusing on case studies, process design, and practical tools. Bringing together theory and tools from the fields of negotiation and mediation, as well as political science and public administration, this book introduces students and practitioners to the theory of collaborative governance in the context of practical applications.
• A connection of the practices of collaborative governance with the field’s theoretical underpinnings;
• Tools for students and practitioners of collaborative governance—as well as public administrators and other possible participants in collaborative governance processes—to discern when collaborative governance is appropriate in politically complex, real-world settings;
• A roadmap for students, practitioners, and process participants to help them design—and effectively participate in—productive, efficient, and fair collaborative governance processes;
• An exploration of constitutional democracy and the ways in which collaborative governance can be used as a tool in building a more just, fair, and functional society.
Collaborative Governance is an ideal primary textbook in public administration, planning, and political science courses, as well as a jargon-free primer for professionals looking to learn more about the theory and practice of this important field.
Section 1: Definitions, Context, and Dynamics 1. Definitions and Descriptions 2. Collaborative Governance in a Constitutional Context 3. Typologies 4. Fundamental Dynamics of Collaboration Section 2: Framework and Process 5. Assessment 6. Designing and Organization 7. Deliberation and Decision-Making 8. Implementation and Adaptation Section 3: Skills to Improve Collaborative Governance 9. Strengthening Collaborative Governance Groups 10. Individual Leadership Tools 11. Conclusion
"This is a wide-ranging book that provides important information for anyone hoping to utilize the concepts of collaborative governance. The book is very timely as we find ourselves increasingly facing challenges to legal authority and political legitimacy in a backdrop characterized by disparities in wealth, serious questions surrounding racial justice and equality for all, and the looming dangers of climate change. The text is particularly useful in providing concrete advice for keeping the process of multi-party decision making on track once actual people get involved and introduce the types of challenges that inevitably arise in collaborative efforts."
Eric Henson, Harvard University, USA
"Collaborative Governance is a must read for students, practitioners and academics who are interested in the art and science of creating and sustaining collective agreements both within and outside formal structures of political authority. Unlike many popular books grounded in psychological techniques for resolving conflicts, this book draws from political science and sociology to identify the social and institutional conditions that need to be in place to create agreements that last. The book provides a pathway for addressing intractable an wicked community problems."
Douglas Morgan, Portland State University, USA