Key Concepts in Governance provides a clear introduction to the technical concepts and policies of contemporary governance through short definitional essays. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a contextualization of the concept, an overview of relevant debates, and a guide to further reading. The book also includes a substantial introductory chapter which gives an overview of governance studies as a whole, orientating and guiding the reader around the issues that the concepts address.
Collaborative governance refers to attempts to create and conduct policy that involve the participation of non-governmental and non-traditional political actors. At times it refers specifically to attempts to bring all the relevant stakeholders together for face-to-face discussions during which policies are developed. The actors from civil society who are interested in a policy play an active role in the policy process from initial discussions over the agenda to completion. Examples of relevant non-governmental organizations include not only businesses and unions but also citizens’ groups such as local residents and activist groups. Collaborative governance is an interactive process in which myriad actors with various interests, perspectives, and knowledge are brought together. The hope is that the resulting policies will be better conceived, more ...