Handbook of Collaborative Public Management
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Handbook of Collaborative Public Management

Edited by Jack W. Meek

This insightful Handbook presents readers with a comprehensive range of original research within the field of collaborative public management (CPM), a central area of study and practice in public administration. It explores the most important questions facing collaboration, providing insights into future research directions and new areas of study.
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Chapter 15: From collaborative responsiveness to collaborative empowerment

Thomas Andrew Bryer

Abstract

This chapter examines collaborative governance mechanisms that perpetuate societal imbalances and particularly the position of service recipients as passive clients. A collaborative empowerment framework, in contrast to a collaborative responsiveness framework, reduces organizational and collective constraints on individuals by emphasizing values and processes of equal voice, deliberation, and political education. Foundations of such a framework are investigated and elucidated through discussion of experiences in the American efforts to fight poverty.

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