The Promise and Performance of Collaborative Governance

Andrea K. Gerlak, Tanya Heikkila and Mark Lubell

in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199744671
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:
The Promise and Performance of Collaborative Governance


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.

Keywords: environmental governance; environmental policy; collaboration; empirical research

Article.  9736 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics

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