Collaborative Governance: A New Era of Public Policy in by Janine O'Flynn

By Janine O'Flynn

Collaboration has emerged as a principal suggestion in public coverage circles in Australia and a panacea to the complicated demanding situations dealing with Australia. yet is that this fairly the cure-all it kind of feels to be? during this edited assortment we current scholarly and practitioner views at the drivers, demanding situations, customers and promise of collaboration. The papers, first awarded on the 2007 ANZSOG convention, draw at the broad event of the participants in both attempting to enact collaboration, or learning the techniques of this phenomenon. jointly the gathering presents vital insights into the potential for collaboration, but additionally the fiercely obdurate obstacles to adopting extra collaborative techniques to coverage and implementation. the gathering comprises bankruptcy from public servants, 3rd region managers, and either Australian and foreign lecturers which jointly make it a stimulating learn for these operating with or inside executive. It provides significantly to the talk approximately find out how to handle present demanding situations of public coverage and gives an important source for these attracted to the realities of collaborative governance.

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Figure 2 – The trust-building loop PERSPECTIVE 3: TRUST IS NECESSARY FOR SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATION, BUT WE ARE SUSPICIOUS OF EACH OTHER Issues relating to trust are also commonly raised by participants. The common wisdom seems to be that trust is a precondition for successful collaboration. However, while the existence of trusting relationships between partners probably would be an ideal situation, the common practice appears to be that suspicion, rather than trust, is the starting point. Often participants do not have the luxury to choose their partners.

In such circumstances, networking becomes a critical skill for public-sector managers. Whether the challenge is responding to natural disasters such as the South-East Asian tsunami or protecting Australia’s citizens and critical infrastructure from terrorism, there is a growing recognition that the traditional, hierarchical model of government is inadequate Governing by network: a new model of achieving results The fundamental issue facing many Australian government executives today, across the various levels of government, is how to conceptualise, configure and manage a network of public, private and non-profit providers in a way that generates increased value for citizens.

6, December. Kirkpatrick, L. 1999, ‘The worst of both worlds? Public services without markets or bureaucracy’, Public Money and Management, vol. 19, no. 4. Mandell, M. P. 1999, ‘Community collaborations: working through network structures’, Policy Studies Review, vol. 16, no. 1. Rhodes, R. A. W. 1997, ‘From marketisation to diplomacy: it’s the mix that matters’, Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 56, no. 2. Sullivan, H. and Skelcher, C. 2003, Working Across Organisational Boundaries: Collaboration in public services, Basingstoke.

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