In this project, we look at successful forms of collaborative forms of governance in which government actors work alongside both one another and a range of societal actors in networks designed to tackle complex social problems and/or to deliver public services in complex settings.
This form of governance requires politicians and public servants traditionally embedded in vertical systems of authority and accountability to think and act ‘horizontally’ in terms of interdependence, exchange, complementarity and coproduction. In a nested design we study 6 whole-of-government and 6 whole-of-society networks, applying Torfing, Pierre and Peters's 18-criteria set*, gauging both participant and stakeholder opinions and narratives.
*Torfing, J., Sorensen, E., Pierre, J. and Peters, B.G. (2012), Interactive Governance: Advancing the Paradigm, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Research in Successful Collaboration
Nohrstedt, D., Bynander, F., Parker, C & ‘t Hart, P. (2017). Managing Crises Collaboratively (pdf). Forthcoming in Perspectives on Public Management and Governance.