An Integrative Framework for Collaborative Governance

This article synthesizes and extends a suite of conceptual frameworks, research findings, and practice-based knowledge into an integrative framework for describing how collaborative governance structures operate. The framework specifies a set of nested dimensions that encompass a larger system context, a collaborative governance regime, and its internal collaborative dynamics and actions that can generate impacts and adaptations across systems. The article also offers 10 propositions about the dynamic interactions among components within the framework and concludes with a discussion about the implications of the framework for theory, research, evaluation, and practice.

Emerson, Kirk; Nabatchi, Tina; and Balogh, Stephen. (2012). An Integrative Framework for Collaborative Governance. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 22, pp. 1-29.