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Community Embeddedness and Collaborative Governance in the San Francisco Bay Area Environmental Movement

Christopher Ansell

in Social Movements and Networks

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780199251780
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599057 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251789.003.0006

Series: Comparative Politics

 Community Embeddedness and Collaborative Governance in the San Francisco Bay Area Environmental Movement

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Deals with interorganizational networks in the environmental movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. It draws upon literatures on collaborative governance, social capital, and communitarianism to explore the embeddedness of social movements in local communities. Social movements can be regarded either as an expression of community embeddedness, strongly rooted in specific territorial spaces and the associated systems of relationships, or as attempts to build broader networks, based on the identification with a specific cause, which cut across local community loyalties and relations. The chapter explores which of the two models is more conducive to collaborative governance. Organizations occupying different structural positions in the environmental network display different levels of propensity towards collaborative governance.

Keywords: collective action; communitarianism; embeddedness; environmental movement; governance; interorganizational networks; social capital; social networks; structural positions; United States

Chapter.  10414 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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