Crossing Boundaries in Public Policy and Management: Tackling the Critical Challenges, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Crossing Boundaries in Public Policy and Management

Tackling the Critical Challenges, 1st Edition

Edited by Luke Craven, Helen Dickinson, Gemma Carey


262 pages

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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.


"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

Table of Contents

Introduction: The inexorable appeal of boundaries in public policy and management


Part 1: The Concept Challenge

Section 1: The Rise of Boundaries

Section 2: Classifications of Boundaries and Their Associated Impacts For How We View Boundaries

Section 3: Boundary Concepts

Section 4: Where Next for Boundaries?

Part 2: The Practical Challenge

Section 1: The Challenges of Cross Boundary Practice

Section 2: Lessons for Policy and Practice

Section 3: Training and Development

Section 4: Conclusions

Part 3: The Craft Challenge

Section 1: Boundary Spanners: Towards A Theory of Practice

Section 2: The Theory Underpinning Cross Boundary Facilitation

Section 3: Towards the Craft And Practice Of Facilitation Across Collaborative Boundaries


Part 4: The Methodology Challenge

Section 1: Review, Methodological Approaches to Understanding Collaborative Practice

Section 2: A spot light on systems methodologies: Methods to Understand Complex Issues


Conclusion: The future of boundary spanning research and practice

Contributor Biographies


About the Editors

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.

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:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General