1st Edition

Crossing Boundaries in Public Policy and Management
Tackling the Critical Challenges




ISBN 9781138636026
Published November 26, 2018 by Routledge
262 Pages

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Book Description

This book aims to develop four key challenges that remain unresolved in the boundary-spanning literature, which span from the conceptual, to the practice, to the translational. In doing so, it tackles the question of boundary-spanning from four different angles, providing an in-depth investigation of the current state of the field in each of these realms, in addition to new directions for solving the identified challenges. Finally, the book synthesises the lessons from each of these challenges into a coherent and integrated final piece of the boundary dilemma. In doing so, it will provide depth and a clearer agenda for future research and practice.

Crossing Boundaries in Public Policy and Management digs into the heart of enduring questions and challenges for cross-boundary working, providing in-depth conceptual contributions on the fundamental challenges of boundary work. It displays the latest state of knowledge on the topic and will be of interest to researchers, academics, practitioners, and students in the fields of public management, public policy, public administration, public-private relationships and coordination and collaboration.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Inexorable Appeal of Boundaries in Public Policy and Management

Luke Craven, Gemma Carey, and Helen Dickinson

Part 1: The Concept Challenge

Chapter 1: The Rise of Boundaries

Helen Dickinson and Catherine Smith

Chapter 2: Classifications of Boundaries

Helen Dickinson and Catherine Smith

Chapter 3: Boundary Concepts

Helen Dickinson and Catherine Smith

Chapter 4: Where Next for Boundaries?

Helen Dickinson and Catherine Smith

Part 2: The Practical Challenge

Chapter 5: The Challenges of Crossing Boundary Practice

Paul Williams

Chapter 6: Lesson for Policy and Practice

Paul Williams

Chapter 7: Training and Development

Paul Williams

Chapter 8: Conclusions

Paul Williams

Part 3: The Craft Challenge

Chapter 9: Boundary Spanners: Toward a Theory of Practice

Gemma Carey, Kerry Jacobs, Ellie Malbon, Fiona Buick, Anna Li, and Paul Williams

Chapter 10: The Theory Underpinning Crossing-Boundary Facilitation

Christine Flynn

Chapter 11: Towards the Craft and Practice of Facilitation Across Collaborative Boundaries

Christine Flynn

Chapter 12: Conclusion

Gemma Carey, Luke Craven and Helen Dickinson

Part 4: The Methodology Challenge

Chapter 13: Review, Methodological Approaches to Understanding Collaborative Practice

Luke Craven, Gemma Carey, Helen Dickinson, and Iona Rennie

Chapter 14: A Spotlight on Systems Methodologies: Methods to Understand Complex Issues

Luke Craven, Gemma Carey, Helen Dickinson, and Iona Rennie

Conclusion: The Future of Boundary Spanning Research and Practice

Gemma Carey, Luke Craven and Helen Dickinson

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Biography

Luke Craven is a Research Fellow in the Public Service Research Group at UNSW Canberra.

Helen Dickinson is Associate Professor of Public Service Research and Director of the Public Service Research Group UNSW Canberra.

Gemma Carey is Associate Director and the Research Director of the Centre for Social Impact UNSW and an NHMRC Fellow.

Reviews

"Crossing Boundaries shifts the level of the debate by offering engaging and real challenges to those who both research and promote multi-disciplinary work."John Diamond, Edge Hill University, UK

"This book fills a gap in boundary-spanning collaboration in the public sector. It consolidates and integrates current theory and practice from leading scholarly thought and countless practitioner experiences. Then it translates lessons learned from action research into new insights on good practice. The book reaches out to academics, students, and practitioners alike who study and practice collaborative leadership."John Wilkins, York University, Canada