Collaborative Governance: Private Roles for Public Goals in Turbulent Times by John D. DonahueCollaborative Governance: Private Roles for Public Goals in Turbulent Times by John D. Donahue

Collaborative Governance: Private Roles for Public Goals in Turbulent Times

byJohn D. Donahue

Paperback | August 26, 2012

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All too often government lacks the skill, the will, and the wallet to meet its missions. Schools fall short of the mark while roads and bridges fall into disrepair. Health care costs too much and delivers too little. Budgets bleed red ink as the cost of services citizens want outstrips the taxes they are willing to pay. Collaborative Governance is the first book to offer solutions by demonstrating how government at every level can engage the private sector to overcome seemingly insurmountable problems and achieve public goals more effectively.


John Donahue and Richard Zeckhauser show how the public sector can harness private expertise to bolster productivity, capture information, and augment resources. The authors explain how private engagement in public missions--rightly structured and skillfully managed--is not so much an alternative to government as the way smart government ought to operate. The key is to carefully and strategically grant discretion to private entities, whether for-profit or nonprofit, in ways that simultaneously motivate and empower them to create public value. Drawing on a host of real-world examples-including charter schools, job training, and the resurrection of New York's Central Park--they show how, when, and why collaboration works, and also under what circumstances it doesn't.



Collaborative Governance reveals how the collaborative approach can be used to tap the resourcefulness and entrepreneurship of the private sector, and improvise fresh, flexible solutions to today's most pressing public challenges.

John D. Donahue and Richard J. Zeckhauser both teach at the Harvard Kennedy School--Zeckhauser economics and analytics, Donahue public management and business-government relations. They write on related themes, Donahue mostly books (this is his twelfth) while Zeckhauser favors articles (he's done hundreds, several of them seminal). Do...
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Title:Collaborative Governance: Private Roles for Public Goals in Turbulent TimesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pagesPublished:August 26, 2012Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691156301

ISBN - 13:9780691156309

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Stephen Breyer ix

Part I: The Promise and Problems of Collaboration
Chapter 1: Private Roles for Public Goals 3
Chapter 2: Rationales and Reservations 27
Chapter 3
: he Delegator's Dilemma 45

Part II: Rationales--More, Better, or Both
Chapter 4: Collaboration for Productivity 63
Chapter 5: Collaboration for Information 104
Chapter 6: Collaboration for Legitimacy 122
Chapter 7: Collaboration for Resources 156

Part III: The Art of Collaboration
Chapter 8: Tasks and Tools 207
Chapter 9: Getting Collaboration Right 240
Chapter 10: Forging the Future: Payoff s and Perils 264
Acknowledgments 289
Index 291

Editorial Reviews

"Collaborative Governance fills a yawning gap in the literature on collaboration and partnerships. This book achieves the gold standard for excellent writing, case selection, and presentation. The cases are interesting and cover a wide range of policy arenas. The conceptual points are made with a convincing but gentle touch."-Paul L. Posner, George Mason University