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Collaborative Governance for Local Economic Development

Lessons from Countries around the World, 1st Edition

Edited by Denita Cepiku, So Hee Jeon, David K. Jesuit


176 pages

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Although collaborations for local and regional economic development have been popular in recent years, it is not yet wholly clear when or how such efforts bring successful outcomes. Using an integrative conceptual framework for collaborative governance, this innovative collection provides a systematic and interdisciplinary analysis of real-world collaborative networks for local and regional economic development.

Focusing on a wide range collaborative economic development in diverse cities and regions in USA, Canada, Germany, India, Italy, and South Korea, the chapters explore what forces motivate the emergence of collaborative economic development efforts. Each chapter explores the factors which contribute to or hinder collaborative governance efforts for economic development and identifies lessons for overcoming challenges to creating communities that are economically resilient, environmentally sustainable and politically engaged in the era of globalization.

By focusing on collaborative governance and its implications for the ability of policies to meet the challenges of the 21st century, it provides lessons for researchers in public management, urban planning/development, public policy, and political science, as well as practitioners interested in promoting local economic development.

Table of Contents


Foreword: Overcoming Adversity through Collaborative Efforts

Honorable Dan Kildee, Member of US Congress, Fifth District of Michigan

Introduction: Collaborative Governance for Growth and Development

Denita Cepiku, So Hee Jeon and David Jesuit

1. From Competition to Collaboration: Using Cultural Attractions to Transform Economic Development Strategies in the Detroit Metropolitan Region

Thomas Greitens and Nancy Quarles

2. Windsor: An International Border City in Detroit’s Shadow

Robert Heuton

3. Next Steps for Social Impact Bonds: Moving from an Economic Tool to a Trust-Based Collaboration

Emma Powell

4. Collaboration among Informal Organizations to Manage Informal Urban Transport in Indian Cities

Arindam Biswas and Mohit Dev

5. Collaborative Networks for Regional Economic Development: An Examination of the Mega-Economic Regions (MERs) in South Korea

Eunok Im and So Hee Jeon

6. Urban regeneration as a collaborative effort – strategic responses to decline in East Germany Nebojša Čamprag

7. Collaborative governance for urban regeneration in Italy

Denita Cepiku, Elona Guga, and Benedetta Marchese

Conclusion: Coming full Circle

Rick Kurtz

Editor Biographies

List of Contributors


About the Editors

Denita Cepiku is an Associate Professor in Public Management at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata," where she teaches Business Administration and Global Public Management and serves as the coordinator of the PhD program track in Public Management and Governance. Her main research interests are in the areas of collaborative governance (network management and co-production), cutback management, and strategic performance management. Her publications have appeared in numerous academic journals and, most recently, she edited the Routledge Handbook of Global Public Policy and Administration in 2017. She has been board member of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) and is chair of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) Strategic Interest Group on Public Management.

So Hee Jeon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Central Michigan University. Her research focuses on public and nonprofit management with an emphasis on human resource management, administrative ethics, and interorganizational networks. Dr. Jeon’s work has been published in various academic journals including Review of Public Personnel Administration, Public Performance & Management Review, Public Personnel Management, and International Review of Public Administration.

David K. Jesuit is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Central Michigan University and Chair of his Department. He has been editor or coeditor of several academic volumes and journals, including the recently published book Making Governance Work: Policy Making in an Era of Polarized Politics (Routledge, 2017) Together with partners in Europe and Canada, he has taken the lead role in creating and expanding the Transnational Initiative on Governance Research and Education Network, or "TIGRE Net." This international group of scholars, students and field specialists is dedicated to identifying the opportunities and challenges public managers confront in the global economy and to providing them with the strategies and skills necessary to overcome obstacles to domestic, cross-border and international coordination.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

The study and practice of public management has undergone profound changes across the world. Over the last quarter century, we have seen

  • the increasing criticism of public administration as the over-arching framework for the provision of public services
  • the rise (and critical appraisal) of the ‘New Public Management’ as an emergent paradigm for the provision of public services
  • the transformation of the ‘public sector’ into the cross-sectoral provision of public services
  • the growth of the governance of inter-organizational relationships as an essential element in the provision of public services

In reality these trends have not so much replaced each other as elided or co-existed together – the public policy process has not gone away as a legitimate topic of study, intra-organizational management continues to be essential to the efficient provision of public services, whist the governance of inter-organizational and inter-sectoral relationships is now essential to the effective provision of these services.

This series is dedicated to presenting and critiquing this important body of theory and empirical study. It will publish books that both explore and evaluate the emergent and developing nature of public administration, management and governance (in theory and practice) and examine the relationship with and contribution to the over-arching disciplines of management and organizational sociology. Books in the series will be of interest to academics and researchers in this field, students undertaking advanced studies, and reflective policy makers and practitioners.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Urban & Regional
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Economic Policy