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Collaborative Governance Regimes (book)

Whether the goal is building a local park or developing disaster response models, collaborative governance is changing the way public agencies at the local, regional, and national levels are working with each other and with key partners in the nonprofit and private sectors. While the academic literature has spawned numerous case studies and context- or policy-specific models for collaboration, the growth of these innovative collaborative governance systems has outpaced the scholarship needed to define it. 

Collaborative Governance Regimes breaks new conceptual and practical ground by presenting an integrative framework for working across boundaries to solve shared problems, a typology for understanding variations among collaborative governance regimes, and an approach for assessing both process and productivity performance. This book draws on diverse literatures and uses rich case illustrations to inform scholars and practitioners about collaborative governance regimes and to provide guidance for designing, managing, and studying such endeavors in the future.

Collaborative Governance Regimes will be of special interest to scholars and researchers in public administration, public policy, and political science who want a framework for theory building, yet the book is also accessible enough for students and practitioners.


Kirk Emerson is a professor of practice in collaborative governance in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. She directs the school's Graduate Program in Collaborative Governance.

Tina Nabatchi is an associate professor of public administration and international affairs in the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is also the co-director of the Collaborative Governance Initiative at the Maxwell School's Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration.



Part I: An Overview of Collaborative Governance
Introduction: Stepping In—The Context for Collaborative Governance 
1. Collaborative Governance and Collaborative Governance Regimes 

Part II: The Integrative Framework for Collaborative Governance
2. Initiating Collaborative Governance: The System Context,
Drivers, and Regime Formation 
Case Illustration: National Collaborative for Higher Education
3. Collaboration Dynamics: Principled Engagement, Shared
Motivation, and the Capacity for Joint Action 
Case Illustration: The Everglades Restoration Task Force,
by Tanya Heikkila and Andrea K. Gerlak 
4. Generating Change: Collaborative Actions, Outcomes, and
Case Illustration: The Military Community Compatibility

Part III: Case Studies of Collaborative Governance Regimes
5. Who Speaks for Toronto? Collaborative Governance in the
Civic Action Alliance, 
by Alison Bramwell 
6. Collaborative Governance in Alaska: Responding to Climate
Change Threats in Alaska Native Communities, 
by Robin Bronen
7. Power and the Distribution of Knowledge in a Local
Groundwater Association in Guadalupe Valley, Mexico
by Chantelise Pells 

Part IV: Collaborative Governance Regimes
8. Moving from Genus to Species: A Typology of Collaborative
Governance Regimes 
9. Assessing the Performance of Collaborative Governance

Conclusion: Stepping Back, Stepping Up, and Stepping Forward—
Summary Observations and Recommendations 

About the Authors and Contributors