The Challenges of Collaboration in Environmental Governance
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The Challenges of Collaboration in Environmental Governance

Barriers and Responses

Edited by Richard D. Margerum and Cathy J. Robinson

Collaborative approaches to governance are being used to address some of the most difficult environmental issues across the world, but there is limited focus on the challenges of practice. Leading scholars from the United States, Europe and Australia explore the theory and practice in a range of contexts, highlighting the lessons from practice, the potential limitations of collaboration and the potential strategies for addressing these challenges.
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Chapter 17: The challenges of collaborative governance: towards a new research agenda

Richard D. Margerum, Cathy J. Robinson and Ken Genskow


This chapter summarizes some of the major issues confronting collaborative governance across the chapters of this book. Using a peer review process involving the book’s authors and other researchers examining collaboration, the chapter presents a research agenda for collaboration. This agenda highlights the need for more longitudinal research, studies of politics and governance, work that addresses the art and nuance of collaborative processes, studies of the role of community and the public, research on the role of individual participants, studies examining science and problem complexity, research on the role of external pressures, and work that addresses issues of management relationships.

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