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The Challenges of Collaboration in Environmental Governance

The Challenges of Collaboration in Environmental Governance

Barriers and Responses

New Horizons in Environmental Politics series

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.

Chapter 11: The role of power in collaborative governance

Jill M. Purdy

Subjects: environment, energy policy and regulation, environmental governance and regulation, environmental politics and policy, politics and public policy, environmental governance and regulation


Power in collaborative processes includes both episodic aspects and structural aspects. While strategies for balancing episodic power have been developed, structural power problems may limit the meaningful participation of diverse groups in environmental decision making and planning. Challenges include building shared logics during collaboration and legitimizing collaborative approaches in society.

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