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Review of collaborative governance: Factors crucial to the internal workings of the collaborative process

Publication date:  December 2012
Publication reference number:  CR 135

This report explores the international literature on collaborative governance to identify factors that are important for people to contribute meaningfully to a successful collaborative governance process. The review is cross-disciplinary, drawing on ideas from business management, public administration, political science, learning theory, social psychology, mediation and facilitation.

The review covers several themes which might be crucial for a successful collaborative process:

  • the lead into the collaborative process and the requirement for the process to have legitimacy
  • how to optimise the development of the collaborative process to ensure success
  • the commitment to: change and over-riding purpose; flexible leadership and shared authority; authentic dialogue; and the development of a learning culture
  • the need to establish the achievement of ‘common ground’.