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The Promise and Performance of Collaborative Governance

Gerlak, A. K., Heikkila, T. & Lubell, M. (2012). The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy

This article analyzes the promises and potential pitfalls of collaborative governance. It first summarizes the origins and evolution of collaborative governance and then compares the claims of the proponents and opponents. It then reviews what is known and what is still uncertain from the growing body of empirical research studying collaborative environmental governance. The conclusion speculates on the future of collaborative governance for both research and practice.